Chennai Conference, 5 - 8 December 2015: Register now!

Registrations are now open for the CCI Vatican 2 + 50 Conference to be held in Chennai, India from 5-8 December 2015. The theme of the conference is: "Vatican 2+50: A Cardijn Perspective".

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'.

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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.

Vatican 2 + 50 News

  • V2+50 launches canonise Cardijn campaign The Cardijn Community International is launching a campaign for the canonisation of YCW founder Cardinal Joseph Cardijn following its Vatican 2+50: A Cardijn Perspective conference in Manila from 11 ...
    Posted 27 Oct 2012, 01:54 by Stefan Gigacz
  • Vatican 2 + 50 Enquiry launched In preparing for our Vatican 2 + 50 program, CCI is launching a small scale participative enquiry into experience and perceptions of Vatican II.Join us in making this enquiry. Click ...
    Posted 23 Jul 2012, 07:34 by Stefan Gigacz
  • Keynote speaker Fr Bonnie Mendes We are pleased to announce Fr Bonnie Mendes, former regional coordinator of Caritas Asia as  a keynote speaker for the Vatican 2 + 50: A Cardijn Perspective conference to be held ...
    Posted 18 Jul 2012, 00:55 by Stefan Gigacz
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Vatican 2 + 50 Newsletter

  • Vatican 2 + 50 Newsletter, No. 2, 3 August 2012 Dear Friends,Greetings again from CCI! Less than 10 weeks to go until our Vatican 2 + 50: A Cardijn Perspective conference from 10-14 October 2012 in Manila. Many things ...
    Posted 5 Aug 2012, 05:17 by Stefan Gigacz
  • Vatican 2 + 50 Newsletter No. 1, 20 July 2012 Dear FriendsGreetings from CCI!As you know it is now less than three months to go until our conference, Vatican 2 + 50: A Cardijn Perspective to be held at ...
    Posted 2 Aug 2012, 19:06 by Stefan Gigacz
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Feature Articles

  • A Council unlike any other: Cardinal Danneels "Vatican II was a council unlike any preceding one," according to retired Brussels Cardinal Godfried Danneels in a lecture in Amigo Hall, Saint George's Cathedral, London last week. "It ...
    Posted 27 Oct 2012, 19:05 by Stefan Gigacz
  • Ten ways Vatican II changed the Church Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans, chairman of the US Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship, has offered '10 Ways Vatican II Shapes the Church Today' to help Catholics appreciate the ...
    Posted 27 Oct 2012, 01:18 by Stefan Gigacz
  • New book recalls the women of Vatican II Italian writer Adriana Valerio has just published a new book, Madri del Concilio. Ventitré donne al Vaticano II (Mothers of the Council. Twenty three women at Vatican II).The 23 ...
    Posted 2 Aug 2012, 15:30 by Stefan Gigacz
  • Fr Komonchak on the history of Vatican II Well known historian Fr Joseph A. Komonchak has made available a number of essays providing some of the background to Vatican II.Background to Vatican II – 1Vatican II: The ...
    Posted 17 Feb 2012, 23:14 by Stefan Gigacz
  • A guide to reading up on Vatican II "I had reason and occasion to educate myself about Vatican II during the past year and a half while working on a book, and I found it a tremendously affirming ...
    Posted 26 Aug 2011, 01:19 by Stefan Gigacz
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