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Pope Francis receives an audience with the National Catechetical Office of the Italian bishops’ conference. Vatican Media/CNA.

Pope Francis encourages catechists to lead others to a personal encounter with Jesus

Pope Francis said Saturday that catechists have the vital responsibility of leading others to a personal encounter with Jesus through... Read more

Bishops at the Second Vatican Council.

Vatican II not sole controversial council, Catholic theologian says

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

Cardinal Joseph Zen. Courtesy Photo.

Cardinal Zen: In Vatican II, Catholics hear ‘real voice of the Holy Spirit’ 

Cardinal Joseph Zen, the emeritus Bishop of Hong Kong, has made an impassioned defense of the Second Vatican Council, criticizing... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, speaks at a press conference in Rome, Sept. 28, 2017.

For Cardinal Parolin, Vatican II still benefits the Church

The Second Vatican Council, rightly understood, continues to be a force for evangelization and renewal in the Church, according to... Read more

Holiness: The fullness of the Christian life

Fifty-five years ago, on October 11, 1962, Pope St. John XXIII began the Second Vatican Council at St. Peter’s Basilica... 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 greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square before his general audience on April 16, 2014.

In new interview, Pope reflects on close of Jubilee

In a lengthy new interview, Pope Francis opened up about his thoughts on the Jubilee of Mercy as well as... Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 9, 2015 for the general audience.

How Pope Francis is fulfilling a legacy of Vatican II

Attention to the poor was one of the greatest of the bishops' contributions during the Second Vatican Council – and... Read more

The liturgical reform, as seen by one of its protagonists

The newly published memoirs of Fr. Louis Bouyer, who was intimately involved in the reform of the Roman liturgy following... Read more

John XXIII departs from the Vatican's St. Bibiana train station to travel to Loreto and Assisi, Oct. 4, 1962.

Profound spiritual life of John XXIII credited for Vatican II

The great-nephew of Bl. John XXIII discussed the Roman Pontiff's Church vision in calling the Second Vatican Council, noting the... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica

Bishop affirms that traditional Mass unites Church in worship

During a recent interview, Archbishop Arthur Roche spoke on the significance of the Traditional Latin Mass, explaining that the Mass... Read more

Cardinal Justin Rigali.

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

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

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

Paulist Father Francesco Cupello speaks to CNA in St. Peter's Square after Pope Benedict XVI's meeting with the priests of Rome in Paul VI Hall on Feb 14, 2013.

Rome priests react with sadness to Pope's resignation

After meeting with Pope Benedict on Thursday, priests from the Rome diocese said they are sad he is retiring and... 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

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

Father Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap., preacher to the Papal Household. CNA file photo.

Papal preacher focusing on Church's three big events

Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher to the Papal Household, is basing his reflections for the Pope and his staff on the... Read more