Nettstedet conciliaria.com skriver my om det som skjedde for akkurat 50 år siden i Vatikanet. Under ser man bilder jeg fant på deres hovedside i dag:
Second Vatican Council, Opening Day, October 11, 1962. Watercolor painting of the procession of bishops entering St. Peter’s Basilica by artist-journalist Franklin McMahon (1921-2012).
Pope John XXIII addressing the assembled Fathers at the opening of the Second Vatican Council.
Pope John XXIII at the opening of the Second Vatican Council.
Second Vatican Council by Lothar Wolleh.
De tar også med en egelsk oversettelse av pave Johannes XXIIIs tale ved åpningen. Han begynte slik:
Mother Church rejoices that, by the singular gift of Divine Providence, the longed – for day has finally dawned when — under the auspices of the Virgin Mother of God, whose maternal dignity is commemorated on this feast—the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council is being solemnly opened here beside St. Peter’s tomb.
The councils — both the 20 ecumenical ones and the numberless others, also important, of a provincial or regional character which have been held down through the years — all prove clearly the vigor of the Catholic Church and are recorded as shining lights in her annals.
In calling this vast assembly of bishops, the latest and humble successor of the Prince of the Apostles who is addressing you intended to assert once again the Church’s magisterium [teaching authority], which is unfailing and perdures until the end of time, in order that this magisterium, taking into account the errors, the requirements and the opportunities of our time, might be presented in exceptional form to all men throughout the world. …