Ad gentes

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Second Vatican Ecumenical Council
Concilium Oecumenicum Vaticanum Secundum (Latin)
Saint Peter's Basilica
Venue of the Second Vatican Council
Date11 October 1962 (11 October 1962) – 8 December 1965 (8 December 1965)
Accepted byCatholic Church
Previous council
First Vatican Council
Convoked byPope John XXIII
PresidentPope John XXIII
Pope Paul VI
Attendanceup to 2,625[1]
TopicsThe 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
Four Constitutions:

Three Declarations:

Nine Decrees:

Chronological list of ecumenical councils

Ad gentes (To the Nations) is the Second Vatican Council's decree on missionary activity that reaffirmed the need for missions and salvation in Christ.[2] 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.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cheney, David M. "Second Vatican Council". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 18 May 2011.[self-published source]
  2. ^ Hoopes, Tom (November 2015). "'Ad Gentes': It's All About Salvation". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved 25 July 2023.
  3. ^ "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.

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External links[edit]

  • Ad gentes: English translation at the Vatican website