Cardijn Community launches plans for ‘Vatican II + 50’

posted 5 Jun 2010, 00:38 by Stefan Gigacz
The Cardijn Community International (CCI) has announced a new initiative to commemorate the forthcoming 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council which was opened by Pope John XXIII in 1962 (Oct.11) and concluded by Pope Paul VI in 1965 (Nov.21).

At a meeting of its coordinators in Kuala Lumpur concluded on the 30th May 2010, CCI adopted a plan to launch a three year program from 2012-2015 to examine the social commitment of the Church and the lay movements in the light of Vatican II. 

According to plans unveiled, an international forum of various lay movements, student, worker and civil society organisations will be floated in a Conference in 2012. The 3 year programme will focus on increased lay participation in the Church, encouraging social actions and a clear cut policy on social commitment of the Church. 

Various events, conferences and campaigns spread over in different countries around the world will be organised during the 3 year period to study the ground reality, evaluate the decisions of Vatican II and to call for the attention of the Church. An interactive website, publications and newsletters will help build a momentum towards a participatory approach in the mission of the Church. 

CCI foresees a massive gathering of the International Forum for Vatican II + 50 in 2015 wherein a final charter of demands will be presented to the Church and the laity. 

It may be recalled that Cardinal Cardijn, founder of the International Young Christian Workers Movement (IYCW) played a constructive role during Vatican II and called for the Church to make world development a priority. 

CCI has already organised an international event commemorating 40 years of Vatican II in the year 2002.

To know more about CCI

Cardijn’s speeches at Vatican II

Vatican II + 50 

M. J. Ruben

International Convenor

Cardijn Community International (CCI)