ecumenical council

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(early Christian church) one of seven gatherings of bishops from around the known world under the presidency of the Pope to regulate matters of faith and morals and discipline

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And it was determined from the outset to prevent the aggiornamento, the updating, that was Pope John XXIII's stated objective when he told a group of cardinals in 1959 that he intended to call a general council of the church.
The next general council of the church should be called Jakarta I or Sao Paulo I or, perhaps, Johannesburg I.
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