Vatican II

Ad Gentes

25/02/2013 5:35 pm

Second Vatican Council: Ad Gentes

Our 'Year of Faith' tweets take a closer look at Ad Gentes – the Vatican II Decree on the mission activity of the Church.


Ad Gentes – Decree on the mission activity of the Church

This Decree sketches the principles of missionary activity and affirms that the Good News of the Gospel is to be preached. The Decree affirms that lay people cooperate in the Church's work of evangelisation.

"The Apostles themselves, on whom the Church was founded, following in the footsteps of Christ, 'preached the word of truth and begot churches'. It is the duty of their successors to make this task endure 'so that the word of God may run and be glorified (2 Thess. 3:1) and the kingdom of God be proclaimed and established throughout the world.'" AG 1

Ad Gentes on the Holy See's official website

Summary texts prepared by the Bishops' Conference Home Mission Desk.