The first session of the Council adjourned after only fifteen minutes for those assembled agreed they needed to get to know one another and meet in their respective episcopal conferences before voting on representatives and decrees.
Before beginning the true work of the Council, the Council Fathers issued a “Message to the World” on October 20, 1962.
We wish to convey to all men and to all nations the message of salvation, love and peace which Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, brought to the world and entrusted to the Church.
In fact, it is for this reason that we, the successors of the apostles, all united in prayer with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, forming one single apostolic body whose head is the successor of Peter, are gathered here at the invitation of His Holiness Pope John XXIII.
Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we intend in this meeting to seek the most effective ways of renewing ourselves and of becoming increasingly more faithful witnesses of the Gospel of Christ.
We will strive to propose to the men of our times the truth of God in its entirety and purity so that they may understand it and accept it freely. Continue reading ...