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Vatican II: A Research Guide: The Documents


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Vatican II: The Documents

The immediate products of the Second Vatican Council were a series of 16 very important constitutions, declarations, and decrees. Below you will find links to authoritative presentations (in English) of these documents from the website of the Holy See. To see the documents in the original Latin and in many other languages, click here.



Lumen Gentium (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church)

Dei Verbum (Dogmatic Constitution of Divine Revelation)

Sacrosanctum Concilium (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy)

Gaudium et Spes (Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World)



Inter Mirifica (Decree on the Instruments of Social Communication)

Unitatis Redintegratio (Decree on Ecumenism)

Christus Dominus (Decree on the Bishop's Pastoral Office in the Church)

Optatam Totius (Decree on Priestly Formation)

Perfectae Caritatis (Decree on the Appropriate Renewal of Religious Life)

Apostolicam Actuositatem ( Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity)

Presbyterorum Ordinis (Decree on the Ministry and Life of Priests)

Ad Gentes (Decree on the Church's Missionary Activity)



Gravissimum Educationis (Declaration on Christian Education)

Nostra Aetate (Declaration on the Relationship of the Church to Non-Christians)

Dignitatis Humanae (Declaration on Religious Freedom)

Orientalium Eccleiarum (Decree on the Eastern Catholic Church)


Collections of the Documents in the Gumberg Library

The Gumberg Library owns a number of collections of all 16 of the Vatican II documents, for those who would want to read and study them in book format. Here are citations for two editions in English:

Documents of Vatican II. New York: Guild, 1966. Print. Call number: BX830 1962 .A3 L4, 3rd Floor Gumberg Library

The Sixteen Documents of Vatican II. Boston: Pauline Books, 1999. Print Call number: BX830 1962.A3 G3 1999, 3rd Floor Gumberg Library

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