Vatican II

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Pope Francis sat at the front of the congregation in St. Peter's Basilica on the Solemnity of Pentecost on June 5, 2022.

Pope Francis: There are many ‘restorers’ in the US who do not accept Vatican II

Jun 14, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

‘Restorationism has come to gag the Council,’ the pope said. Read more

Bishops at the Second Vatican Council.

Vatican II not sole controversial council, Catholic theologian says

Aug 5, 2020

By JD Flynn

Amid recent contention over Vatican II, a theologian told CNA that ecumenical councils have a history of provoking conflict, but... Read more

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò.

Analysis: As Archbishop Viganò denounces Vatican II, the Vatican is not speaking

Jul 1, 2020

By JD Flynn

Neither Pope Francis nor the Vatican have said a word about Viganò or his growing pile of missives. Why?  Read more

Commentary: Don’t buy fake agendas; defend the pope!

Nov 17, 2017

By Ed Condon

For years now, I have been bemoaning the growing number of so-called progressive Catholic figures, in academia, the media and... Read more

Holiness: The fullness of the Christian life

Oct 10, 2017

By JD Flynn

Fifty-five years ago, on October 11, 1962, Pope St. John XXIII began the Second Vatican Council at St. Peter’s Basilica... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the participants of the 68th National Liturgical Week in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, Aug. 24, 2017.

For Pope Francis, 'the liturgical reform is irreversible'

Aug 24, 2017

On Thursday Pope Francis told a group of Italian liturgists that while the process of implementing the liturgical reform following... Read more

Is this the solution to Catholics' 'desperate' musical situation?

Mar 10, 2017

By Adelaide Mena

Hundreds of musicians and pastors from around the world have signed a document urging parishes and publishers should take care... Read more

A community of Benedictine sisters recording an album of sacred music.

Pope Francis: Education is key to the renewal of sacred music

Mar 4, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis said Saturday that while liturgical music has often struggled to live up to the quality and beauty the... Read more

Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

For Cardinal Mueller, a humble faith is good for theology

The ideological efforts to change Catholic doctrine after the Second Vatican Council were deeply misguided, said Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, prefect... Read more

Pope Francis listens as Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher of the Pontifical Household, delivers a sermon in the Apostolic Palace, Dec. 4, 2015.

With Advent here, the papal preacher has a how-to guide for seeking Christ

Dec 4, 2015

The Preacher of the Pontifical Household’s first sermon for the Advent season was a striking reminder of the Christian’s need... Read more

Pope Francis greets a rabbi at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Oct. 28, 2015.

Prayer is the treasure of all religions, says Pope

Oct 28, 2015

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis marked Wednesday's anniversary of the Second Vatican Council's declaration on the relation of the Church to non-Christian religion... Read more

Archbishop Charles Chaput says Mass in Philadelphia's St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, Sept. 7, 2014.

For Archbishop Chaput, religious liberty means more than you may think

Mar 18, 2015

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia warned Tuesday that the United States will face increasing pressure to abandon its traditionally broad... Read more

Diocese of Miao workshop on 'Ad Gentes'.

Indian diocese responds to Vatican II's call 'to the nations'

Oct 15, 2014

The Diocese of Miao, located in far north-east India, is conducting a series of seminars to study Ad Gentes, Vatican... Read more


New columnist examines papal encyclical in light of Vatican II

Jul 11, 2013

In a debut column for Catholic News Agency, professor and priest Fr. Gilfredo Marengo explores the faith behind the Second... Read more

Cardinal Justin Rigali.

Vatican II helped the world 'see Jesus,' says cardinal

May 14, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

Cardinal Justin F. Rigali, archbishop emeritus of Philadelphia, said that the five Popes involved in the Second Vatican Council shared... Read more

Pope Francis greets the crowds outside the Basilica of St. John Lateran on April 7, 2013.

Rejecting Holy Spirit's work in Vatican II is 'foolish,' Pope says

Apr 17, 2013

The work of the Holy Spirit at the Second Vatican Council is not yet finished, Pope Francis said, because many... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI discusses Vatican II with priests from the Rome diocese on Feb. 14, 2013.

Pope: media helped spread misinterpretations of Vatican II

Feb 14, 2013

By CNA Staff

Pope Benedict XVI said that many of the misinterpretations of the Second Vatican Council were caused by the media promoting... Read more


No contradiction between reform and tradition, Pope states

Oct 12, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI says there is no contradiction between a desire to uphold the traditional teachings of the Catholic Church... Read more

Pope Benedict greets the crowd during the Oct. 10, 2012 Wednesday general audience.

Pope calls Vatican II a 'moment of grace' in Church history

Oct 10, 2012

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s opening, Pope Benedict XVI described it as a... Read more