Saint John XXIII convened the Second Vatican Council in October 1962 which concluded during the Papacy of Blessed Paul VI on the 5th December 1965. This Ecumenical Council was responsible for steering the Church successfully through the turbulent years after World War II and guided its growing role in the modern world.
In February 1965, Blessed Paul VI appointed Cardijn a Cardinal and Archbishop, enabling him to take part in the Fourth Session of Vatican II as a Council Father. Cardijn was initially a member of the Preparatory Commission on Lay Apostolate and later an expert in the Conciliar Commission at Vatican II.
Cardinal Cardijn made 3 speeches at the Vatican II on 'Religious Freedom', 'Young People and the Developing World' and 'The World of Work'.
At a conference in Manila, The Philippines in October 2012, Cardijn Community International (CCI) launched a 3 year project with the theme "Vatican 2+50: A Cardijn Perspective" to re-examine the spirit and decisions of Vatican II in the areas of 'social teachings of the Church and lay participation'.
This International Conference is to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the conclusion of Vatican II. Representatives from different countries, international organisations and Church leaders are expected to attend this mega event.
The Cardijn Community International (CCI) is a movement of people working for sustainable development. CCI promotes Cardijn's spirituality, vision and SEE-JUDGE-ACT methodology.
The 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council instils a new hope in us with Pope Francis exclaiming 'Oh, how I would like a poor Church and for the poor'.
Presentation by former International YCW president Betty Villa on the role of Joseph Cardijn at Vatican II
Welcome to the CCI Vatican 2 + 50 website.
Vatican 2 + 50 is a three year program from 2012-2015 organised by the Cardijn Community International to commemorate the forthcoming 50th anniversary of the holding of the Second Vatican Council of the Catholic Church from 1962-65.
To launch the program CCI will hold a conference on the theme "Vatican 2 + 50: A Cardijn Perspective" to be held at the Communication for Asia Foundation Center, Manila from 11-14 October 2012.
The aim of the conference will be to launch a three year project by CCI to study the spirit and teachings of Vatican II and their implementation, particularly in relating to Catholic social teaching and the lay apostolate.
This will be done from the perspective of the spirituality and methodology of the late Cardinal Joseph Cardijn, founder of the Young Christian Workers (YCW) movement as well as a Council Father at Vatican II.This program follows our Vatican 2 + 40 program organised in 2002 on the theme Vatican II in the age of globalisation.
CCI followed up this event by launching New Pentecost in 2005 to promote the dream of Pope John XXIII that Vatican II should open the way to a New Pentecost in the Church and the world.
"O Holy Spirit, renew your wonders in this our day, as by a new Pentecost," was the prayer for the Council proposed by Pope John.
Now, we hope that our Vatican 2 + 50 project will enable us to go even further towards realising the vision of Pope John.
"Vatican II has accomplished a work that history will judge as the most gigantic in the long history of the Church" - Joseph Cardijn cited in John K. Jessup, New currents swirling around Peter's rock, Life Magazine, 17 December 1965.