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Standing before you I tremble somewhat with emotion but am humbly resolute in my purpose to proclaim a twofold celebration: a diocesan synod for the city of Rome, and a general Council for the universal Church (Giuseppe Alberigo, A Brief History of Vatican II, 1). These are the words of Pope Saint John XXIII given at the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls on January 25th, 1959. This announcement came just a few months after his election to the pontificate. Pope Saint John XXIII initially was meant to be an interim Pope. He was seventy-six years-old when he was elected and it was thought he would keep things status quo in the Cur...Read More