Thursday, October 11, 2012
Venerable John XXIII
October 11 is also the Memorial of the pope who convoked the Second Vatican Council 50 years ago on this date. From 1931 the date celebrated the Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. After the Council it continues to be remembered on January 1, the Solemnity Mary Mother, of God. Reading Pope John’s address at the opening of the council is a good way to mark the anniversary.