Vatican II

(1962–1965)

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While the documents of Vatican II were begun under the authority of one pope (John XXIII, who died in 1963) and promulgated under the authority of another (Paul VI), neither was an “author” of the conciliar documents to the extent that they were authors of such encyclicals as Pacem in Terris (On Establishing Universal Peace in Truth, Justice, Charity and Liberty, 1963) or Humanae Vitae (On the Regulation of Birth, 1968)—although Paul VI played a more active role in commenting on drafts of council documents and occasionally demanding modifications than did John...

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Bronze medal of Pope Paul VI (Yale University Art Gallery)

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