In order to spread awareness about the teachings of the Catholic Church, specifically of the Second Vatican Council, I have composed summaries of each of the Council’s documents. I know it can feel overwhelming to read and understand each of these, so I offer these up to the common folk as well as those formally educated. Whether you are totally new to Church documents, need a freshresher, or are an avid and familar reader of them, I am sure you will benefit from these. I have maintained consistent and regular language and pure content on each summary, losing none of the teaching.


Dei Verbum (God’s Word), Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation

Lumen Gentium (Light of Nations), Dogmatic Constitution on the Church

Sacrosanctum Concilium

Gaudium et Spes (Joy and Hope), Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World


Gravissimum Educationis

Nostra Aetate (Our Time), Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions

Dignitatis Humanae (Human Dignity), Declaration on Religious Freedom


Ad Gentes

Presbyterorum Ordinis

Apostolicam Actuositatem (Laity), Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity

Optatam Totius

Perfectae Caritatis

Christus Dominus

Unitatis Redintegratio (The Restoration of Unity), Decree on Ecumenism

Orientalium Ecclesiarum (Eastern Churches), Decree on the Catholic Churches of the Eastern Rite

Inter Mirifica (Among the Wonderful), Decree on the Media of Social Communications

Documents of Vatican II