Light and Shadows of the Council. The Gap That John Paul II Wanted to Fill

The watershed was Vatican Council II.”Until the council, the Church was living through a season of missionary fervor unimaginable today,” recalls Fr. Piero Gheddo of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, who was one of the experts called to the council by John XXIII to work on the drafting of the document on the missions.But then there was a sudden collapse. So much so that in 1990, twenty-five years after the approval of the conciliar decree “Ad Gentes,” John Paul II felt the need to dedicate to the missions an encyclical, “Redemptoris Missio,” precisely in order to shake the Church from its torpor.

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