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Understanding what was discussed and decided upon during the Second Vatican Council is crucial for explaining Church teaching in the modern era. Below is a list of the sixteen documents produced by the Council.

These writings are available from many sources, but here are a few choice ones:


  1. Sacrosanctum Concilium (Apostolic Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy; December 4, 1963)
  2. Inter Mirifica (Decree On the Means of Social Communication; 1963)


  1. Lumen Gentium (Dogmatic Constitution On the Church; 1964)
  2. Orientalium Ecclesiarum (Decree On the Catholic Churches of the Eastern Rite; 1964)
  3. Unitatis Redintegratio (Decree on Ecumenism; 1964)


  1. Christus Dominus (Decree Concerning the Pastoral Office of Bishops In the Church; 1965)
  2. Perfectae Caritatis (Decree On Renewal of Religious Life; 1965)
  3. Optatam Totius (Decree On Priestly Training; 1965)
  4. Gravissimum Educationis (Declaration On Christian Education; 1965)
  5. Nostra Aetate (Declaration On the Relation Of the Church to Non-Christian Religions; 1965)
  6. Dei Verbum (Dogmatic Constitution On Divine Revelation; 1965)
  7. Apostolicam Actuositatem (Decree On the Apostolate of the Laity; 1965)
  8. Dignitatis Humanae (Declaration On Religious Freedom; 1965)
  9. Ad Gentes (Decree On the Mission Activity of the Church; 1965)
  10. Presbyterorum Ordinis (Decree On the Ministry and Life of Priests; 1965)
  11. Gaudium et Spes (Pastoral Constitution On the Church In the Modern World; December 7, 1965)

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