Today in History: January 25th, 1959

On January 25th, 1959, Pope John XXIII announced the establishment of the Second Vatican Council.

Read about the council in an article from the New Catholic Encyclopedia, available through the Gale Virtual Reference Library.

Read original newspaper reports of the announcement in ProQuest’s Historical Newspapers database. Use the Advanced Search feature to search for “Ecumenical Council”.  Limit the date to after January 25, 1959 and sort by Publication date (oldest first).

Watch a newsreel containing footage from the opening of the Second Vatican Council in 1962, through American History in Video.


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