The Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) produced sixteen documents that form the official teaching of the Church on a multitude of topics and issues.  Pope John XXIII called the council to repair the breach between Christian churches and to update church teachings in a language and manner that spoke to the people of our age.  The documents define the church as the entire people of God, a community called by  baptism to full, conscious and active participation on all levels of the church’s life.  Our baptismal call also demands an engagement with the whole human family, since we are all beloved members of God’s family. Baptism demands that put our God-given gifts at the service of the entire human family.  Baptism is the basis of all ministry.

Part 1 – DYK how the Second Vatican Council came about?

Part 2 – DYK what happened at the Second Vatican Council?

Part 3 – DYK the 10 basic principles endorsed by Vatican II?

Part 4 – DYK how the Vatican II principle of Aggiornamento impacts us today?

Reflection Questions for Vatican II videos

Part 5 – DYK why Vatican II insisted on the principle of Reformability of the Church?

Part 6 – DYK why Vatican II advocated the principle of the renewed attention to the Word of God?

Part 7 – DYK the implications of the Vatican II principle of Collegiality?

Part 8 – DYK the radical nature of the Vatican II principle of Religious Freedom?

Part 9 – DYK why Vatican II called for the active role of the laity?

Part 10 – DYK why Vatican II advocated the principle of respect for regional and local variety?

Part 11 – DYK how Vatican II handled the topic of Ecumenism?

Part 12 – DYK why Vatican II insisted on dialogue with non-Christian religions?

Part 13 – DYK how Vatican II clarified the social mission of the Church?

Part 14 – DYK the most significant contribution of the Second Vatican Council?

DYK how Synodality is rooted in Vatican II’s vision of church?

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