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Living Our Faith: Reformation Series — Counter-Reformation and the Council of Trent

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The story of the Catholic Church at the time the 16th-century Catholic Counter-Reformation began is multidimensional.

Pasquale Cati, “Council of Trent” (Wikimedia Commons)

What today may escape notice are the efforts in the 1500s by new religious orders and congregations to renew Catholic life.

As a response to the Reformation, the Council of Trent was convened by Pope Paul III in 1545 to make clear the church’s teachings. The council, which met in 25 sessions over a period of 18 years, presented its teaching in direct response to the teachings of the reformers.