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This Week in History: Second Vatican, Roger Williams, Christ the Redeemer Opened

This Week in History: Second Vatican, Roger Williams, Christ the Redeemer Opened

Second Vatican Council Officially Begins - October 11, 1962

Pope John XXIII, (1881-1963), the head of the Roman Catholic Church who called the Second Vatican Council. | (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

This week marks the anniversary of the opening of the still controversial Second Vatican Council, which was convoked by Pope John XXIII.

John XXIII gave an address on the first day of the Council at St. Peter's Basilica, in which the pontiff explained that the biggest focus of the gathering was "that the sacred deposit of Christian doctrine should be guarded and taught more efficaciously."

"... it is necessary first of all that the Church should never depart from the sacred patrimony of truth received from the Fathers," said the pope.

"But at the same time she must ever look to the present, to the new conditions and new forms of life introduced into the modern world, which have opened new avenues to the Catholic apostolate."

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