The Second Vatican Council opened on the 11 October 1962.

Listen here to Archbishop John Charles McQuaid and Bishop John Heenan commenting on the gathering. McQuaid talks about the unity among those who have come together. Heenan talks about the differences of opnion of how "the Catholic truth regarding the revelation of God" should be presented.

The photograph accompanying this clip shows the Archbishop of Dublin John Charles McQuaid with Kathleen Lemass, the wife of Taoiseach Seán Lemass, and President Eamon de Valera, in the Television Centre building at RTÉ's Montrose campus in Donnybrook, Dublin, during Telefís Éireann's opening night on New Year's Eve 1961.

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