Vatican II Facts & Figures

Interesting facts about Vatican II:
  • Vatican I (1869-1870) had 737 in attendance
  • Vatican II (1962-1965) had more than 2600 bishops
  • 2908 eligible to attend
  • including theologians and others the total neared 3000
  • 1089 bishops from Europe
  • 498 bishops from South America
  • 404 bishops from North America
  • 374 bishops from Asia
  • 296 bishops from Africa
  • 84 bishops from Central America
  • 75 bishops from Oceana
  • 63 non-Catholic observers
  • 52 lay auditors (29 men, 23 women)
  • Vatican II was the first Ecumenical Council to have electric lights, telephones, typewriters, and other modern means of communication & transportation. It was the first to be covered by newspapers, magazines, radio, and TV.
Info taken from Catholicism, Volumes 1 & 2, by Father Richard McBrien (Winston Press, 1980)