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Gaudium et Spes and Francis
Zulehner Paul Michael
The paper first presents two points of view on the Second Vatican Council: the view of Pope Benedict XVI and the view of Pope Francis. Then it discusses the so-called Pact of the Catacombs signed in 1965 and shows how the themes of its three main parts – the personal life of the bishop, the apostolic pastoral ministry and the Church’s internal culture – correspond with the Pastoral Constitution Gaudium et Spes, the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium and with the life and deeds of Pope Francis. The following notes to the second part illustrate that Pope Francis, during his pontificate, puts the Constitution Gaudium et Spes into practice and thereby ephasizes themes corresponding to the request “read the signs of our time.”
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