The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches. Matthew 13, 31-32
We, disciples of Jesus, faithful Catholic members of the people of God, assembled in Rome on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the close of the Second Vatican Council, aware of the many challenges posed by our changing world, being sensitive to the 'signs of the times', considering the present situation of our Church and its difficulties in meeting these challenges, conscious that any behaviour of Christians and of our Church contrary to the evangelical message diverts the world from the Spirit of Jesus and prevents it from recognizing the strength of the Gospel, recognizing our own weaknesses and deficiencies, but confident in the strength which faith in Jesus gives us
and furthermore being responsive to the appeals made by Pope Francis, who is strengthening consultation processes in the Church, after praying to the Holy Spirit, in following Jesus and with the spirit of Vatican II and of the Pact of the Catacombs in mind,
(a) to work for the further renewal of our Church so that she testifies to the Spirit of Jesus and the strength of the Gospel to meet the challenges of our time, and
(b) to contribute to the reorientation of our world especially by giving a voice to the poor and the marginalised, so that it may become a world of peace, justice and solidarity, a world that respects our planet as our common home, and allows every person to blossom in their individuality and deepens the value accorded to their humanity.
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the 2nd Vatican Council - 11 October 2012
Council 50 Project– A New Aggiornamento
proposed by We Are Church Intl. and the European Network Church on the Move
The Second Vatican Council was a remarkable step towards opening the Catholic Church to the modern world and it generated important hope. The decisions of the Council are being strongly revised by a reactionary part of the Catholic Church, supported by the positions of Benedict XVI.
This is why We Are Church Intl., during its Annual Council in 2008, and the European Network, during its Annual Conference the same year, agreed upon the proposal to bring the Council 50 Project into being.
Working alongside all movements and associations who are interested, the Project will encourage large meetings of the People of God in each country, culminating in a world meeting of the People of God in Rome on the anniversary of the closure of the Second Vatican Council. (7th December 2015) The theme of the assembly will be “a Church for the 21st century”.