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Church in History:Tradition and Change : Second Vatican Council

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Second Vatican Council, also called Vatican II, (1962–65), 21st ecumenical council of the Roman Catholic Church, announced by Pope John XXIII on January 25, 1959, as a means of spiritual renewal for the church and as an occasion for Christians separated from Rome to join in a search for Christian unity.

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Useful Links

Vatican II, Voice of the Church. The mission of this website is to promote and explain the teaching of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65).

Overview of the Second Vatican Council. A look back at Vatican II by the Vatican News group, includes a video.

How the Second Vatican Council Responded to the Modern World. A reflection on the momentous changes in the Church after Vatican II.


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