First Session of the twenty-first Ecumenical Council of theCatholic Church meeting at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City
Rome Italy Date:1962, December 8 Duration:41 sec Sound:Yes
Pope John XXIII presides over final meeting of the First Session of the twenty-first Ecumenical Council of the Catholic Church at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City. Two thousand cardinals,Bishops, and other prelates of the Roman Catholic Church are in attendance. The Council granted Bishops more authority regarding the use of modern languages in the liturgy of the church. The Pope is quoted as saying He has "heard the voice of the whole Catholic World." Attendees are seen leaving St. Peter's after the end of the session. (Note: This was one of the activities undertaken during The Second Vatican Council,"Vatican II," which focused on relations between the Roman Catholic Church and the modern world.)
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