Pope John XXIII announced the Second Vatican Council as “a new Pentecost blowing through the Church”. Throughout the four sessions of the Council, the Church looked at itself with new eyes.
Several insights meant the opening of a new missionary era:
- A return to the Word of God
- A proclamation of the missionary vocation of the whole Church
- Respect for religious liberty
- Ecumenical dialogue, and
- The desire to establish relations between the Church and non-Christian religions.