Listen to a special meditation on the life of the great Jesuit Cardinal Augustin Bea, to mark the 200th anniversary of the 'Restoration' of the Jesuits.
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Augustin Bea (1881-1968) was a German Jesuit who through his in-depth reflection on scripture became a pioneer of the ecumenical movement in the Catholic Church and of dialogue with the Jews.
He joined the German Jesuit Province in 1902 and became provincial in 1921 after which he was sent to Rome to teach scripture. He assisted Pope Pius XII with drafting his encyclical letters on liturgy (Mediator Dei), and the Bible (Divino Afflante Spiritu).
In 1959 Pope John XXIII made Bea a cardinal and appointed him as the first President of the Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity. At Vatican II, Bea was central in helping to draft the revolutionary document on the Church's Relation to Non-Christian Religions, (Nostra Aetate), and the Constitution on Scripture (Dei Verbum). After the Council he dedicated the rest of his life to ecumenism and interfaith matters.
'What it could mean for humanity, if the whole Christian world were to act in complete unanimity on the momentous questions of nuclear arms, disarmament and peace!,' said Cardinal Bea.
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