Yves Congar

While watching an extraordinary documentary that the library has on the First World War I was struck by a segment on the German occupation of Belgium in 1914. The documentary mentions the name of a young boy (ten years old) named Yves Congar. He was told by his mother to keep a journal on the occupation. He did so and produced a document with his own illustrations which is a very vital record of what happened to the people of Belgium. The boy suffered from hunger and the deportation of his father as a hostage. I knew I had heard this name before so I researched it and realized who the boy became. He became a priest in 1925 and became one of the seminal theologians of the era. In World War Two he served as a chaplain in the French Army and was a prisoner of war for five years. He was one of the driving forces behind the reforms of the Catholic Church by the Second Vatican Council.

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