October 11, 2017

(Wikimedia Commons / AlfvanBeem)

"Illuminated by the light of this council, the church — we confidently trust — will become greater in spiritual riches and gaining the strength of new energies therefrom, she will look to the future without fear."

—Pope John XXIII, in his declaration opening the Second Vatican Council on Oct. 11, 1962. Today is the 55th anniversary of the council's opening, as well as St. John XXIII's feast day.

Get GSR right in your inbox. Sign up for our e-newsletter!