What Happened at Vatican II by John W. O'Malley

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During four years in session, Vatican Council II held television audiences rapt with its elegant, magnificently choreographed public ceremonies, while its debates generated front-page news on a near-weekly basis. By virtually any assessment, it was the most important religious event of the twentieth century, with repercussions that reached far beyond the Catholic church. Remarkably enough, this is the first book, solidly based on official documentation, to give a brief, readable account of the council from the moment Pope John XXIII announced it on January 25, 1959, until its conclusion on December 8, 1965.

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John W. O'Malley is University Professor at Georgetown University.
Published September 1, 2010 by Harvard University Press. 400 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Travel. Non-fiction

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From 1961 to 1965, the world closely watched the proceedings of Vatican II, the Catholic Church's council on the condition and future of the faith.

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At the same time it must be emphasized that the very event of Vatican II was made of factual and actual reciprocity, humility, and interiority that was experienced by the bishops: and such an experience was the meaning of the adjective pastoral so dear to Pope John XXIII in his effort to name the...

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