The Second Vatican Council is a pivotal event in the 2,000-year history of the Catholic Church. Understanding the work of the Council is essential to understanding Church life today. The momentous events of the Council have shaped the Catholic Church for the last 40 years and will guide the Church for years to come. Vatican II Today recalls the great work of the Council, explores the fundamental themes of the documents of Vatican II, and shows how the Council continues to challenge the Church today. Major subjects addressed include Catholic identity, the Mass, sacraments, ecumenism/interfaith relations, Scripture, ministry, Church, handing on the faith, marriage and family, and discipleship.Vatican II Today is not an exercise in nostalgia but a book that identifies what it means to be a Catholic at the beginning of the Third Millennium.