Second Vatican Council

Pope Francis prays during his Wednesday general audience on Nov. 15, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: "The fullness of love" is the "path of holiness"

Nov 16, 2023

Pope Francis on Thursday addressed participants of the study conference “Community Dimension of Holiness,” which had gathered in Rome Nov. 13–16.

Australian theologian Father Ormond Rush addresses the General Assembly of the Synod on Synodality on Oct. 23, 2023, in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall. | Credit: Vatican Media livestream

Theologian Points to Vatican II’s "dynamic" Tradition in Synod on Synodality Speech

Oct 23, 2023

Tradition “was a major point of discussion at the Second Vatican Council,” Father Ormond Rush said Monday.

Pope Francis at his Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on March 15, 2023 | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

A Christian Life Based on Achieving Higher Positions is "pure paganism": Pope Francis

Mar 15, 2023

Pope Francis said Wednesday that everyone in the Church is equal in dignity, thus a focus on hierarchical advancement is “pure paganism.”

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI. | Mazur/

Benedict XVI Reflects on Vatican II in New Letter

Oct 22, 2022

In a new letter, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI characterizes the Second Vatican Council as “not only meaningful, but necessary.”

Pope Francis presides at memorial Mass of St. John XXIII, which also marks the 60th anniversary of the beginning of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, at St. Peter's Basilica on Oct. 11, 2022. | Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

"May the Church be overcome with joy": Pope Francis on Vatican II anniversary

Oct 11, 2022

On the 60th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, Pope Francis encouraged Catholics to leave behind criticism and anger and to live the faith with joy.

Pope John XXIII’s coronation | Photo credit: Maryknoll Fathers, Maryknoll, N.Y./Wikipedia

What Was Vatican II All About? 10 Quotes From St. John XXIII’s Opening Speech

Oct 11, 2022

St. John XXIII, who led the Catholic Church from 1958 until his death in 1963, called for and opened the Second Vatican Council, commonly known as Vatican II, with the aim of responding to the challenges of the day and finding new ways and a new “energy” to proclaim the Gospel to all people.  

Vatican II in session, circa 1962-1965 | Photo credit: Catholic Press Photo/Wikimedia Commons

Vatican II at 60: A Timeline of Key Moments

Oct 11, 2022

Oct. 11 marks the 60th anniversary of a monumental event in the history of the Catholic Church: the gathering in Rome of bishops from around the world for the start of the Second Vatican Council.

The opening of the Synod for the Family at the Vatican on Oct. 5, 2015. | Vatican Media.

Vatican’s Synod on Synodality Organizers Say Synod is ‘fruit’ of Second Vatican Council

Oct 10, 2022

In a message marking the 60th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II, the organizers of the Synod on Synodality called the Synod of Bishops a “fruit” of the council. 

Pope Francis receives an audience with the National Catechetical Office of the Italian bishops’ conference. Vatican Media/CNA.

Pope Francis Encourages Catechists to Lead Others to a Personal Encounter with Jesus

Feb 1, 2021

Pope Francis said Saturday that catechists have the vital responsibility of leading others to a personal encounter with Jesus through prayer, the sacraments, and Scripture.