|Second Vatican Ecumenical Council|
Concilium Oecumenicum Vaticanum Secundum (Latin)
|Date||11 October 1962– 8 December 1965|
|Accepted by||Catholic Church|
|First Vatican Council|
|Convoked by||Pope John XXIII|
|President||Pope John XXIII|
Pope Paul VI
|Attendance||up to 2,625|
|Topics||The Church in itself, its sole salvific role as the one, true and complete Christian faith, also in relation to ecumenism among other religions, in relation to the modern world, renewal of consecrated life, liturgical disciplines, etc.|
Documents and statements
|Chronological list of ecumenical councils|
Ad gentes (To the Nations) is the Second Vatican Council's decree on missionary activity.
The document establishes evangelization as one of the fundamental missions of the Catholic Church and reaffirms the tie between evangelization and charity for the poor. Ad gentes also calls for the formation of strong Christian communities as well as strong relations with other Christians. Finally, it lays out guidelines for the training and actions of the missionaries.
- Cheney, David M. "Second Vatican Council". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 18 May 2011.[self-published source]
- "Ad Gentes (Decree on the Mission Activity of the Church)". Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University. Archived from the original on 2018-04-13. Retrieved 2018-04-13.
- Ad gentes: English translation at the Vatican website
- Teaching the Spirit of Mission Ad Gentes: Continuing Pentecost Today: A Statement of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2005