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The Second Vatican Council was summoned by Pope John XXIII, convening in four sessions each year from 1962 to 1965. It was his desire that the Church be brought up to date and adapt itself to meet the challenging conditions of modern times. Generally, Vatican II was an overhaul of the way the Church conducted itself and celebrated the liturgy, so that she would be more accessible to the people. Therefore, the subject was not just any given element of the Church, but rather the entire Church, period. This was no small undertaking, and by the time it was over, it spawned four Constitutions, nine Decrees, and three Declarations. The Council was closed on December 8th, 1965 by Pope Paul VI, who had guided the council through itís final three sessions.

Introduction to Vatican II

  • A Background
  • Currents of Renewal before Vatican II
  • The Second Vatican Council: 1962 - 1965

    Vatican II - A rapid walk through some key features

  • Introduction
  • Preparation for the Council
  • The Council Opens
  • The Council and the Liturgy
  • The Altar
  • The Sacrifice of the Mass
  • The Sacraments and Sacramentals
  • The Concelebration of Mass
  • Divine Office
  • The Liturgical Year
  • Sacred Music
  • Sacred Art
  • Constitution of the Church
  • Decree on the Eastern Churches
  • Decree on Ecumenism
  • Other Problems
  • The Final Session

    Reference documents

  • Pope John XXIII Opening Speech for Council of Vatican II
  • Pope Paul VI Closing Speech for Council of Vatican II
  • The 16 Documents of Vatican II


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