Why does Pope Francis want to go to Belgium

(National Catholic Reporter. Christopher White).

When the Second Vatican Council opened in 1962, the influential French Dominican theologian Fr. Yves Congar is said to have remarked that it was the Council of Louvain, being held in Rome. Congar’s observation was meant to convey that the Catholic University of Louvain, long known as a rich breeding ground for theological activity, was finally being recognized in Rome. Vatican II emphasized the contributions of all the “people of God,” and that laity were equal with clergy as participants in the life of the church — and Louvain was educating lay theologians even before the council began.

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