Pope Francis: "St. Josemaria is a precursor of Vatican II"
In a message sent by the new Secretary of State Archbishop Pietro Parolin for the symposium on St. Josemaria's contribution to theology, Pope Francis speaks about the Founder's teachings.
On the occasion of the International Symposium on "Saint Josemaria Escriva and Theological Thought," organized at the end of the Year of Faith by the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, an academic institution inspired by him, the Supreme Pontiff Pope Francis addresses his affectionate greetings to everyone involved. He does so with the hope that the wonderful example of the priestly life of the holy Founder, a precursor of Vatican II in stressing the universal call to holiness, may inspire in all the faithful of the great family of Opus Dei a renewed conviction that believers, by virtue of baptism which incorporates them into Christ, are called to be holy and to help further with their daily work the salvation of all mankind.
November 17, 2013
Archbishop Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State of his Holiness
Telegram sent in Italian to the Prelate of Opus Dei
March 12, 2014