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Category: Vatican II

Gaudium et Spes: The Right Reading of Vatican II

In a 55 minute presentation Father Robert Barron takes a keen review and analysis of Gaudium et Spes for the 5oth anniversary of Vatican II. The Benedictine monks of Saint Procopius Abbey (Lisle, IL) and Benedictine University have ¬†offered several presentations to help us understand the importance of the key documents promulgated at the Second […]

What will Benedict XVIs legacy be in the years ahead?

The answer to this question will not be in its final form for a long time. The papacy only ended a few weeks ago. Historians will have to look at several things before they will be able to reflect back with greater precision that a video or a blog commentary can provide in 2013. There […]

Year of Faith: sharing Christ’s Good News is new life, a journey that transforms

In the presence of  hundreds of bishops, the Eastern Catholic Patriarchs, ecumenical partners and laity, Pope Benedict prayed the Mass and preached on the meaning of both the Second Vatican Council and the Year of Faith through the lens of conversion. Benedict is clear: the Year of Faith is not celebrating the 50th anniversary of […]

Mary is the living house of the Lord, Pope recalls John XXIII 50th anniversary visit

Pope Benedict went to the Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto, his 30th trip in Italy, to commemorate the visit Blessed John XXIII made when he called the Second Vatican Council entrusting her with the needs the Church and the Council. The Pope’s homily follows. On 4 October 1962, Blessed John XXIII came as a […]

Raymond Hunthausen, last US bishop to attend Vatican II

Today, Raymond Gerhardt Hunthausen, the emeritus archbishop of Seattle (1975-1991), celebrates his 91st birthday. He studied chemistry and later served as an assistant professor of Chemistry at Carroll College before becoming that school’s president in 1957. In 1962, Blessed John XXIII appointed him as bishop of Helena and from there he attended all four sessions […]

On adhesion to the Second Vatican Council

Fernando Ocáriz, 67, is the Vicar General of Opus Dei. He’s a trained theologian in area of Dogmatics but he’s also trained in physics.  In 1986 he was appointed a consultor to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and later (1989) made a member of the Pontifical Theological Academy. Msgr. Ocáriz is the […]

Friars of the Atonement preserve Vatican II historry

Pictures always tell a story, they’re also worth a thousand words. OK, how much money would you give to preserve an archive of photography devoted to the Second Vatican Council? What is preserving photographic memories to such a legendary event like Vatican II worth to you? I hope much. In 2009, Sister Leideke Galema, who […]