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Vatican II

The Second Vatican Council

Vatican II

50 years ago, from October 11, 1962 until December 8, 1965, over 2000 bishops, theologians, and lay participants from 116 countries gathered in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.  This assembly was known as the Second Vatican Council.  Led by Popes John XXIII and Paul VI, what emerged was an intense examination of the voice and promptings of the Holy Spirit.  The 16 council documents are as relevant today as ever. 

This guide is intended to serve as a starting point for learning and research, providing links to materials regarding the Second Vatican Council and its legacy.

Benedictine University
Vatican II Symposium

Francis Cardinal George at St. Procopius Abbey

Francis Cardinal George. O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago presents "Dignitatis Humanae: The Second Vatican Council's Document on Religious Liberty" at St. Procopius Abbey, Tuesday, September 4, 2012.

The sound is a little weak at first, but it improves at the 1:15 mark.

Fr. Robert Barron's Presentation

Fr. Robert Barron








The second talk in the series was presented by Fr. Robert Barron, the well known theologian, rector of Mundelein Seminary and founder of Word on Fire ministries. He will speak in the Abbey Church on Gaudium et Spes, Vatican II's document on the Church in the Modern WorldSeptember 24, 2013 at 7:00 pm


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