Documents of the Second Vatican Council

The Second Ecumenical Vatican Council was a universal meeting of bishops in Rome that met for four consecutive autumns between 1962-65.

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It defined the role of the Church and her bishops and many pivotal documents were issued offering a template for dialogue, openness and engagement with the modern world.


Ad Gentes
Decree on the Mission Activity of the Church

Presbyterorum Ordinis
Decree on the Ministry and Life of Priests

Apostolicam Actuositatem
Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity

Optatam Totius
Decree on Priestly Training

Perfectae Caritatis
Decree on The Adaptation and Renewal of Religious Life

Christus Dominus
Decree Concerning the Pastoral Office of Bishops in the Church

Unitatis Redintegratio
Decree on Ecumenism

Orientalium Ecclesiarum
Decree on the Catholic Churches of the Eastern Rite

Inter Mirifica
Decree on the Media of Social Communications


Dei Verbum
Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation

Lumen Gentium
Dogmatic Constitution on the Church

Sacrosanctum Concilium
Dogmatic Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy

Gaudium et Spes
Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World


Gravissimum Educationis
Declaration on Christian Education

Nostra Aetate
Declaration on the Relation of the Church to non-Christian Religions

Dignitatis Humanae
Declaration on Religious Freedom