Second Vatican Council

World awaits opening of ecumenical council; expect 220 U.S. bishops at council

(The following is the complete reprint of a 1962 article run in The Criterion in the final days leading up to the Second Vatican Council)

Criterion logo from the 1960sROME—About 220 of the U.S. Archbishops and Bishops are gathering for the opening of the Second Vatican Council on October 11. At least 10 of the bishops will remain home because of illness or, in the case of a few auxiliaries, to guide diocesan affairs in the Bishop’s absence.

An exact count of the attendance by Americans, of both Latin and Eastern Rite from the U.S. and its possessions, should be available after the council opens.

The U.S. prelates, accompanied by diocesan officials, are arriving separately or as part of large groups. The Constitution alone carried 38 archbishops and bishops on a recent trip. Others are arriving just before the council convenes.

The Americans are living in hotels, seminaries and guest houses operated by religious orders.
Cardinal Francis Spellman, Archbishop of New York, is staying at the Grand Hotel. Three U.S. Cardinals will be at the North American College. They are: Cardinal James Francis McIntrye, Archbishop of Los Angeles; Cardinal Joseph Ritter, Archbishop of St. Louis; and Cardinal Richard Cushing, Archbishop of Boston.

Cardinal Albert Meyer, Archbishop of Chicago, is residing at the Chicago archdiocesan study house here, St. Mary of the Lake.

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