“Then he'll die as my secretary,” replied the future pope, now known as Blessed John XXIII.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Former Papal Secretary
Some see youth and are blinded to its future. A combination of youth and “sickly” appearance caused one advisor to express skepticism to Cardinal Angelo G. Roncalli: the job of secretary to the patriarch of Venice would be to much for the 37-year-old priest.
Archbishop Capovilla is 96 now and a storehouse of numerous stories of the blessed pope and more. “The archbishop was privy to some of the pope’s first remarks, only a few days after his election in 1958, about what would become the Second Vatican Council.”
Read this week’s CNS “Vatican Letter.”