The Pope meets ICEL: a bishop's reflection on Vatican II

The Pope meets ICEL: a bishop's reflection on Vatican II

Bishop Arthur Serratelli

His words were inspiring and encouraging. He recognised our work as "one of the signs of the spirit of episcopal collegiality which found expression in the Council's Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (cf. Lumen Gentium, 22-25).

"By enabling the vast numbers of the Catholic faithful throughout the world to pray in a common language," Pope Francis told us, "[Our] commission has helped to foster the Church's unity in faith and sacramental communion."

Leaving Rome 45 years after my own priestly ordination in St Peter's Basilica, I have come home renewed by our visit with the Holy Father.

The audience ended. But, Pope Francis' personal warmth to each of us and his respect for our common work remain to inspire us to help the faithful in the English-speaking world appreciate our rich liturgical tradition.

The Church lives and, in every age, she renews her youth in each of us!

The Most Rev Arthur Serratelli is Bi shop of Paterson, New Jersey, USA.

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