Pontiff Remembers "Good Pope John"

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VATICAN CITY, JUNE 4, 2008 (Zenit.org).- At the end of today's general audience, Benedict XVI recalled that Blessed John XXIII died 45 years ago.



In words addressed to the Polish pilgrims present in Paul VI Hall, the Pope recalled that the Pontiff called "John the Good." or "Good Pope John," was the one who called for the Second Vatican Council.

Benedict XVI said the council "began the renewal of the Church, the reform of her structures and the 'aggiornamento' of her liturgy."

"May this reform," added the Pontiff, "produce fruits in us and in the Church of the third millennium."

The Pope also addressed some remarks to participants in a pilgrimage being promoted by the Order of Minor Clerks Regular to mark the end of celebrations for the fourth centenary of the death of their founder, St. Francis Caracciolo (1563-1608).

"Dear friends," said the Pope, "I hope that this important occasion many contribute to renewing in everyone the living desire to serve Christ, following the teachings of this great saint who was a lover of the Eucharist, a humble servant of the poor, and an ascetic constantly immersed in contemplation of the Crucified Christ."