Mother Church Rejoices: Opening Address of John XXIII at the Council

Following is the text of an English translation made available by the Vatican of Gaudet Mater Ecclesia, the address of Pope John XXIII at the solemn opening (Oct. 11) of the Second Vatican Council.

Pope John XXIII addressing the assembled Fathers at the opening of the Second Vatican Council

Mother Church rejoices that, by the singular gift of Divine Providence, the longed-for day has finally dawned when—under the auspices of the Virgin Mother of God, whose maternal dignity is commemorated on this feast—the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council is being solemnly opened here beside St. Peter’s tomb. Continue reading