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A look at the Second Vatican Council and the New Evangelization

FR. JOHANNES GROHE Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (Rome) "In the long history of the Church, 50 years is really not that much.  Fifty years later the council is still a work in progress.â? CARMEN JOSE ALEJOS University of Navarra (Spain) "We looked into the ecumenical aspect of the Second Vatican Council. Also, the reform of the liturgy and the Church, and the mystery of the Church through the Second Vatican Council.â? HELMUT HOPING University of Fribourg (Switzerland) "The Council decided on some very important points about the liturgy. The reform of the liturgy and the renewal and the establishment of the Church, like 'Lumen Gentium' and freedom of religion.  Also, the important pastoral constitution on the government of the Church.â? And then, a key document of Vatican II, titled 'Nostra Aetate' was also discussed. The document looked into the Churchâ??s relationship with non-Christians. FR. DAVID MARIA JAEGUER Antonianum Pontifical University (Rome) "Less than 20 years after the end of World War II and the Holocaust, the Church was thinking of new ways of relating with people, a new way of relating to Jews. Thatâ??s why it developed a declaration on its relationship with the Jewish community. But really "Nostra Aetateâ? deals with the relationship between Church and non-Christians in general.â? The conference was sponsored Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich. The two day conference was also a way to get ready for the coming year of faith. BR/KLH SN - -BN