Archive of Vatican 2 Photographs

Foyer Unitas, a ministry of hospitality operated by the Ladies of Bethany, has since 1950 collaborated with the Centro in welcoming non-Catholic pilgrims arriving in Rome.

During Vatican II, Pope Paul VI asked Foyer Unitas to provide lodging for the ecumenical observers. In 2009, Sister Leideke Galema, who managed Foyer Unitas for many years, gave Centro’s library a precious collection of 740 photographs. These are not only records of the sessions of Vatican II, they also include important ecumenical moments from the pontificate of Pope Paul VI, including the historic meeting when he gave his own episcopal ring to the archbishop of Canterbury, Michael
Ramsey (above).

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