Pope John XXIII: The Saint Who Launched Vatican II and Inspired the Modern World

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Perhaps no one had a greater influence on the Roman Catholic Church in the twentieth century than Pope John XXIII. Born Angelo Roncalli (1881–1963), he rose from humble beginnings to become a passionate advocate for social justice and world peace. Canonized by Pope Francis in 2014, he was known for his compassion and charity.

In this course, you will join the late ecclesial expert and Georgetown professor Gerard Mannion to experience the enduring charisma of Saint John XXIII. In 12 fascinating lectures, you will journey through his inspiring life, his powerful leadership in calling the Second Vatican Council, and his lasting legacy for the world today.

John XXIII (r. 1958–1963) enchanted the world with his charismatic papacy that stressed peace and justice. A true shepherd for the people, he united cultures across the globe and championed interreligious dialogue. Facing a world torn apart by war and conflict, he united people around the globe with his message of love and warm teaching style.

All of this would have marked him as a great pope, but his greatest achievement was the calling of the Second Vatican Council (1962–65), which he called to bring the church “up to date” (aggiornam

Perhaps no one had a greater influence on the Roman Catholic Church in the twentieth century than Pope John XXIII. Born Angelo Roncalli (1881–1963), he rose from humble beginnings to become a passionate advocate for social justice and world peace. Canonized by Pope Francis in 2014, he was known for his compassion and charity.

In this course, you will join the late ecclesial expert and Georgetown professor Gerard Mannion to experience the enduring charisma of Saint John XXIII. In 12 fascinating lectures, you will journey through his inspiring life, his powerful leadership in calling the Second Vatican Council, and his lasting legacy for the world today.

John XXIII (r. 1958–1963) enchanted the world with his charismatic papacy that stressed peace and justice. A true shepherd for the people, he united cultures across the globe and championed interreligious dialogue. Facing a world torn apart by war and conflict, he united people around the globe with his message of love and warm teaching style.

All of this would have marked him as a great pope, but his greatest achievement was the calling of the Second Vatican Council (1962–65), which he called to bring the church “up to date” (aggiornamento). In introducing this reform, John XXIII changed the Church forever.

Discover anew the power of this inspiring saint’s teachings today.

 

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Prof. Gerard Mannion, D.Phil., is the Amaturo Professor in Catholic Studies and fellow of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University. He has published widely in the fields of ecclesiology, ethics, and philosophy. His books include Ecclesiology and Postmodernity: Questions for the Church in Our Time (2007), The Routledge Companion to the Christian Church (edited with Lewis Mudge, 2008), The Ratzinger Reader (edited with Lieven Boeve, 2010), and The Art of Magisterium: a Teaching Church that Learns (forthcoming). He serves as chair of the Ecclesiological Investigations International Research Network and editor of the Continuum Series, “Ecclesiological Investigations.”
Prof. Mannion received a B.A. from King’s College, Cambridge, and his doctorate from New College, Oxford University. He is a Senior Research Fellow of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. Previously, he served as Director of the Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture at the University of San Diego Lecturer and Tutor at the University of Oxford, as Senior Lecturer at the University of Leeds, and as Associate Professor at Liverpool Hope University, where he was founding director of the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Ecclesiology.
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“Gerard Mannion has emerged as one of the most energetic and incisive voices in Catholic scholarship today. He brings a vast erudition to bear on the challenges facing the church today, but without being bogged down in academic jargon. Mannion is faithful to the Great Tradition, yet astute in discerning where the Spirit is leading the people of God today.”– Richard R. Gaillardetz, Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology, Boston College
“I enthusiastically recommend Gerard Mannion’s series on Pope Francis. You will enjoy every minute listening to one of my favorite scholars speaking about this fascinating pope who has caught the attention of the world.” – Rev. John W. O’Malley, S.J., Georgetown University, Department of Theology
“Prof Gerard Mannion is a first class Roman Catholic theologian who specialises in issues related to the sharing of riches between the various Christian Churches. He has arranged a series of international conferences on Comparative ecclesiology involving speakers of the highest calibre. He is renowned for his lectures and writings throughout the English-speaking world and beyond.” – Dr. Kevin T. Kelly, Catholic priest and theologian

  • A Poor Boy Who Traveled a Long Way: The Early Life and Times of Angelo Roncalli
  • Between Two Worlds: Rome at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century
  • A Dark Night of the Church’s Magisterial Soul
  • The Terrible War, Return to Rome, and to Bulgaria via the Orient Express
  • An Advanced Schooling in Bridge-Building: Istanbul and World War II
  • A Beautiful yet Divided City: Nuncio to Paris
  • Pastor and Pater: From Venice to the Vatican
  • “In All Things Charity”: A Very Different Type of Pope
  • A New Dawn for the Church: The Council Begins
  • John’s Official Papal Teachings and His Unofficial Intentions
  • The Ship Sets Sail but the Captain Takes Leave
  • Assessing John’s Legacy for the Church and for the World

4 reviews for Pope John XXIII: The Saint Who Launched Vatican II and Inspired the Modern World

  1. Fr. Bob Cushing

    *

    Excellent and insightful summary of the major contributions of Good Pope John plus inside information about where he was at critical junctures of history, e.g. the Cuban missile crisis.

  2. Michel

    This course presented new aspects of the life of John XXIII that were totally ignored by me.

    This course presented new aspects of the life of John XXIII that were totally ignored by me. I discovered that John XIII was a man with fresh ideas, because of which he was suspected by his peers… In a special way, he was a very skill diplomat when he had to regulate the situation of the bishops of France after Word War II. He was an audacious man inspired by the Holy Spirit to launch Vatican II.

  3. Dan

    Enjoyed it

    I enjoyed the quick review of 20th Century papal history as well as the life of John XXIII and the story of Vat II with some bits about the aftermath of the Council.

  4. Revd. Stephen M. from Derbyshire, England

    2018 Spring Survey

    It was spiritual and informative yet also extremely helpful and accessible. Though the cds can be a little expensive.

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