Monthly Archives: September 2013

Illinois Bishop Says Council Press Committee Welcomes News Corps’ Suggestions

September 30, 1963 A U.S. bishop told newsmen here that he will “welcome complaints or recommendations from the press corps” to be passed on to the members of the Council Press Committee. Bishop Albert Zuroweste of Belleville, Ill., English-language member … Continue reading

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Pope Paul Sets Agenda as Council’s Second Session Opens

Opening General Congregation September 29, 1963 Pope Paul VI reopened the Second Vatican Council with a plan for the work at hand and a plea to non-Catholics for brotherly peace and pardon. He said that the “principal concern” of this … Continue reading

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11 Laymen Invited To Attend Council

 Eleven laymen, including an American, have been invited to attend the second session of the ecumenical council. Also invited were three Frenchmen, three Italians, an Argentinian, a Belgian, a Pole and a Spaniard. The American is James J. Norris, assistant … Continue reading

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63 Non-Catholic Observers Attending Second Session

With the arrival here of three representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church, 63 non-Catholic religious leaders are attending the second session of the ecumenical council as observer delegates or guests of the Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity. This is an … Continue reading

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Secrecy Rule on Debates in Council to Be Dropped

The rule of secrecy will be lifted for the second session of the ecumenical council in regard to discussions on the council floor. This is the highlight of a new plan for press information which is in the final stages … Continue reading

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Pope Paul Stresses John XXIII’s Goals

Pope Paul VI in officially summoning the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council to the second session reaffirmed Pope John’s intention that the council rejuvenate the Church “in its perennial vigor.” Pope Paul sent identical letters to each of the … Continue reading

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Prayer and Penance Asked for Council

An appeal to encourage prayer and penance for a happy outcome of the ecumenical council has been made by Pope Paul VI in an Apostolic Exhortation to the world’s Catholic Bishops. After noting the paramount importance of the council for … Continue reading

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