|Vatican||POPE SAYS VATICAN II STILL RELEVANT|
Vatican II reforms will guide the Catholic Church into the new millennium, Pope John Paul II said on Sunday, implicitly rejecting the idea of a new council to push for additional reforms.
The Holy Father was speaking to a Vatican assembly on the Second Vatican Council.
"It's already given us many rewards in these 35 years of life, and will give us many more in the years to come," said Pope John Paul, recently returned from the first of his 2000 Holy Year pilgrimages.
The church's job now, he said, was to study the commitments made in Vatican II and to put them into effect.
Some Catholic liberals, hoping for changes such as an increased say for the laity, and married and women priests, have urged the church to call a new council.