What is the historical background that significantly influenced the writtings of the document "Ad Gentes" of the Vatican II council?

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The Ad Gentes was a call for spiritual renewal of the Church through a rediscovery of its evangelical mission. It was a response to the sense that many members of the Church were becoming more secular, and that the faith itself was under threat from a modern society that was in many ways turning away from traditional, Church-based religious faiths to...

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