Vatican II at 60

Bishops from around the world gather at St. Peter’s Basilica for a session of the Second Vatican Council.
Bishops from around the world gather at St. Peter’s Basilica for a session of the Second Vatican Council. (photo: Lothar Wolleh / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0)

When Pope St. John XXIII opened the Second Vatican Council on Oct. 11, 1962, he expressed a confident trust that, “in the light of this Council,” the Church would gain in spiritual riches “to face the future without fear.” This special Register Symposium will not only look back to the origins and activities of the Council, but will also take stock of its continued relevance in our present ecclesial moment — and its significance for the Church’s future.

Sunlight streams through windows in the dome of St. Peter's Basilica, the site of the Second Vatican Council in 1962-1965.

60 Years of Vatican II (Oct. 15)

On Tuesday, Oct. 11, the Catholic Church marked the 60th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council by Pope John XXIII. To commemorate the Council and examine the mark it continues to have on the Church these 60 years later, the Register gathered a symposium of voices. Senior Editor Jonathan Liedl helped organize this effort, and theologian Larry Chapp contributed to the special edition. Both join Jeanette De Melo to discuss Vatican II’s continued relevance in this moment as well as its significance for the future of the Church.