10/15/15 11:46 AM
Wasn’t the papal visit amazing? You’ll have a chance to revisit it in the December issue of St. Anthony Messenger, which we’re working on now. Our crew was scrambling to produce the official commemorative edition about the visit, partnering with our bishops and the Vatican. That book was a project like no other for us. It will come out October 30, and it’s beautiful. No rest yet, though! Fifty years ago, Vatican II was coming to a close. Our younger readers might take for granted how dramatically the Church changed back then: a complete renewal of the liturgy, with altars facing the congregation, celebrants learning how better to preach (an unfinished project, says the pope), a refocusing of the Church’s mission onto the troubles of the world.