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Benedict XVI at the weekly general audience yesterday (Photo: CNS)

On eve of 50th anniversary Benedict XVI reflects on weak and strong points of Council documents

Benedict XVI visits the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey (CNS photo/Patrick Hertzog, Pool via Reuters)

The documents of Vatican II did address Islam in passing, though they seem a little optimistic now

A bust of Pope Pius IX in a Florida museum PA

Nostra Aetate is enough by itself; but if you are anti-Vatican II, have a look at Quanto conficiamur moerore

Event will mark 25th anniversary of historic meeting led by John Paul II

Bishops at the closing Mass of the Synod at St Peter's Basilica (Photo: CNS)

Middle East bishops had a right to speak up for Palestinians at the Synod

Pope Benedict XVI prays alongside Mustafa Cagrici, the grand mufti of Istanbul, in the Turkish capital’s Blue Mosque in November 2006 Photo: CNS

Author Moyra Doorly and theologian Fr Aidan Nichols discuss whether the Second Vatican Council’s view of other religions was too rosy