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Medal for the Second Ecumenical Vatican Council, 1962
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Medal for the Second Ecumenical Vatican Council, 1962
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Circular bronze medal with eyelet for ribbon suspension; the face with a rayed yellow enamel cross imposed a terrestrial globe and bearing a view of St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome, an open book and lit oil lamp in the foreground, all within a blue enamel ring inscribed ‘CONCILIUM OECUMENICUM VATICANUM II’ (Second Ecumenical Vatican Council), a cross at the base; the reverse with the head of Pope John XXIII facing right, circumscribed ‘IOHANNES XXIII PONT.MAXIMUS’ and signed ‘AFFER’ (for the great Milanese medallist Costantino Affer 1906-1987); loss of much of the yellow and blue enamel; on a modern narrow ribbon in the Vatican colours. The Second Ecumenical Vatican Council was opened by the much-loved Pope John XXIII on 11 October and was closed by Pope Paul VI on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 8 December 1965. Two thousand six hundred bishops from diocese around the world met in Rome for a series of sessions and various commemorative medals were issued to them to mark each occasion. The Council was convened with the aim of reconciling the Church with the modern age and its work was transformational, widely held to have been the most important religious event since the Reformation.

 
Medal for the Second Ecumenical Vatican Council, 1962
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Medal for the Second Ecumenical Vatican Council, 1962
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Medal for the Second Ecumenical Vatican Council, 1962
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Medal for the Second Ecumenical Vatican Council, 1962
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