The 16 Documents of the Second Vatican Council

Authored By: Second Vatican Council

The Latin texts are the normative texts of the Council, published in the Acta Apostolicae Sedis, in which the official acts of the Holy See are published.

Listed in the order in which they were promulgated: 

1. Sacrosanctum concilium, Constitution On the Sacred Liturgy.
    Approved 2,147 to 4 and promulgated by Pope Paul VI on 4 December 1963.

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The Dogmatic Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy called for renewal of the liturgy of the Mass and the other sacramental rites and established theological principles for that renewal. Its influences were the liturgical movement of the previous 150 years, the study of ancient patristic and sacramental texts, and the encyclical of Pope Pius XII, Mediator Dei (1947) on the liturgy. It was preceded by the revival of Gregorian Chant in the 1800s by the Abbey of Solemnes, the renewal of the Liturgy of the Hours by Pope St. Pius X, and of the liturgies of Holy Week by Pope Pius XII.


2. Inter Mirifica, Decree On the Means of Social Communication, 1963. 
     Decreed by the Council and promulgated on December 4, 1963 by Pope Paul VI.

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3. Lumen Gentium, Dogmatic Constitution On the Church.
    Approved 2,151 to 5 and promulgated by Pope Paul VI on 21 November 1964.

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4. Orientalium Ecclesiarum, Decree On the Catholic Churches of the Eastern Rite. 
    Approved 2,110 to 39 and promulgated by Pope Paul VI on 21 November 1964.

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5. Unitatis Redintegratio, Decree On Ecumenism. 
    Approved 2,137 to 11 and promulgated by Pope Paul VI on 21 November 1964.

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6. Christus Dominus, Decree Concerning the Pastoral Office of Bishops in the Church.
    Approved 2,319 to 2 and promulgated by Pope Paul VI on 28 October 1965.

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7. Perfectae Caritatis, Decree On Renewal of Religious Life. 
    Approved 2,321 to 4 and promulgated by Pope Paul VI on 28 October 1965.

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8. Optatam Totius, Decree On Priestly Training. 
    Approved 2,318 to 3 and promulgated by Pope Paul VI on 28 October 1965.

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9. Gravissimum Educationis, Declaration On Christian Education. 
    Approved 2,290 to 35 and promulgated by Pope Paul VI on 28 October 1965.

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10. Nostra Aetate, Declaration On the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions. 
     Approved 2,221 to 88 and promulgated by Pope Paul VI on 28 October 1965.

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11. Dei Verbum, Dogmatic Constitution On Divine Revelation. 
     Approved 2,344 to 6  and promulgated by Pope Paul VI on 18 November 1965.

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12. Apostolicam Actuositatem, Decree On the Apostolate of the Laity.
     Approved 2,340 to 2 and promulgated by Pope Paul VI on 18 November 1965.

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13. Dignitatis Humanae, Declaration On Religious Freedom. 
     Approved 2,308 to 70 and promulgated by Pope Paul VI on 7 December 1965.

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14. Ad Gentes, Decree On the Mission Activity of the Church. 
     Approved 2,394 to 5 and promulgated by Pope Paul VI on 7 December 1965.

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15. Presbyterorum Ordinis, Decree On the Ministry and Life of Priests.
     Approved 2,390 to 4 and promulgated by Pope Paul VI on 7 December 1965.

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16. Gaudium et Spes, Pastoral Constitution On the Church in the Modern World. 
     Approved 2,307 to 75 and promulgated by Pope Paul VI on 7 December 1965.

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