Catholic News Service posted a video interview with Pope John XXIII’s former secretary, who is now in his nineties. It is absolutely lovely.

Money quote (about his plan to call the Second Vatican Council):

“You think I am old. You think I will make a mess out of this enormous task. That I don’t have time. Because you think like a commendatore, a bank director. That is not the way you reason with faith. To receive a great inspiration and regard it with admiration and imagine your pleasure in it is already of great merit. If God allows one to carry on with collaborators who encourage one to move ahead, even better. And if one begins only with the first preparatory commission, that is of great merit. If one dies, another will come. It is a great honor just to begin.”

You can view the video here.

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