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What does Vatican II mean to you?

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Fifty years after the groundbreaking council began, does Vatican II still matter in the faith lives of Catholics?

October 11, 1962 was a historic day in the Catholic Church, as it marked the official opening of the Second Vatican Council. Beginning under Pope John XIII and closing three years later under his successor, Pope Paul VI, the council provided an opportunity to discuss key topics facing the modern church and to issue several landmark documents that impacted the faith lives of Catholics worldwide.

For many, Vatican II marked a new era in the Catholic Church, but much has changed in the 50 years since the council began. Please complete our reader survey and let us know your thoughts on Vatican II and the role it plays in your faith today.

Results of the survey will be published in the October 2012 issue of U.S. Catholic.

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