Cardinal Rigali: An Eyewitness Account - Vatican II and the Popes Who Shaped It

Add to Calendar 11/09/2016 19:00:0011/09/2016 20:30:0015Cardinal Rigali: An Eyewitness Account - Vatican II and the Popes Who Shaped ItCardinal Justin Francis Rigali will visit the University of Dayton, sponsored by the Forum on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition Today. Cardinal Rigali will be speaking about his experience as a firsthand observer of the Second Vatican Council as a young priest assistant inside St. Peter’s Basilica during the opening and the first two sessions of the Council, as well as his extensive experience working up close and in person with Popes John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I, and John Paul II (by whom he was consecrated a bishop in 1985). Cardinal Rigali, created a cardinal by John Paul II in 2003, is the archbishop emeritus of St. Louis and Philadelphia, and was a participant in the papal conclaves that elected Pope Benedict XVI in 2005 and Pope Francis in 2013. He is the author of several books, including Reliving Vatican II (2007). Cardinal Rigali’s visit honors the ending of the year of observance of fifty years since Vatican II’s conclusion on Dec. 8, 1965. Previously in his career, Cardinal Rigali also served as director of the English-language Section of the Vatican Secretariat of State, and served as personal English-language translator for Pope Paul VI, whom he accompanied on his international journey to Iran, Dhaka (then East Pakistan), the Philippines, Australia, Samoa, American Samoa, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and Sri Lanka (then Ceylon). He also accompanied Pope John Paul II on a number of international trips, including his major visits to the United States. As president of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, he held a host of positions at the Vatican, serving the Secretariat of State, the Council for Public Affairs of the Church, the Congregation for Bishops and the Pontifical Council for the Laity. Cardinal Rigali has also served as Secretary of the Congregation for Bishops, and Secretary of the College of Cardinals. He was likewise a member of the Permanent Interdicasterial Commission of the Holy See and served as a consultant to the Pontifical Commission for Latin America and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Cardinal Rigali has indicated that he will be very happy to answer questions from the audience, particularly from students, for which we will allow plenty of time. We hope to see many of you there. Students are strongly encouraged to attend this unique and historic event.Sears Recital HallMichael S. Carter, Department of Historymcarter1@udayton.eduNo11/09/2016

Wednesday, November 9

Time: 7 p.m. — 8:30 p.m.

Location: Sears Recital Hall

Cost:  Free

Cardinal Justin Francis Rigali will visit the University of Dayton, sponsored by the Forum on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition Today. Cardinal Rigali will be speaking about his experience as a firsthand observer of the Second Vatican Council as a young priest assistant inside St. Peter’s Basilica during the opening and the first two sessions of the Council, as well as his extensive experience working up close and in person with Popes John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I, and John Paul II (by whom he was consecrated a bishop in 1985). Cardinal Rigali, created a cardinal by John Paul II in 2003, is the archbishop emeritus of St. Louis and Philadelphia, and was a participant in the papal conclaves that elected Pope Benedict XVI in 2005 and Pope Francis in 2013. He is the author of several books, including Reliving Vatican II (2007). Cardinal Rigali’s visit honors the ending of the year of observance of fifty years since Vatican II’s conclusion on Dec. 8, 1965.

Previously in his career, Cardinal Rigali also served as director of the English-language Section of the Vatican Secretariat of State, and served as personal English-language translator for Pope Paul VI, whom he accompanied on his international journey to Iran, Dhaka (then East Pakistan), the Philippines, Australia, Samoa, American Samoa, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and Sri Lanka (then Ceylon). He also accompanied Pope John Paul II on a number of international trips, including his major visits to the United States. As president of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, he held a host of positions at the Vatican, serving the Secretariat of State, the Council for Public Affairs of the Church, the Congregation for Bishops and the Pontifical Council for the Laity. Cardinal Rigali has also served as Secretary of the Congregation for Bishops, and Secretary of the College of Cardinals. He was likewise a member of the Permanent Interdicasterial Commission of the Holy See and served as a consultant to the Pontifical Commission for Latin America and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Cardinal Rigali has indicated that he will be very happy to answer questions from the audience, particularly from students, for which we will allow plenty of time. We hope to see many of you there. Students are strongly encouraged to attend this unique and historic event.

Contact Information:

Name:  Michael S. Carter, Department of History
Website:  https://www.udayton.edu/artssciences/academics/history/welcome/index.php
Email:  mcarter1@udayton.edu