Catholic Update Guide to Vatican II answers questions like, What was the Second Vatican Council? Who was involved in the Council? What does Vatican II mean to us today? The Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) brought monumental changes to the Catholic Church. During the three years Vatican II was in session, some 2500 bishops from all over the world crafted documents that affected every area of the Roman Catholic Church--which continue to inspire, inform, and renew the Church. Drawing on the trusted and popular Catholic Update newsletter, the Catholic Update Guide to Vatican II will help you understand the reasons for calling the Council, the inner workings of the bishop's meetings, and the Council's long-term implications for the Church. Whether you're new to the Church or a lifelong Catholic, this guide will give you a concise yet comprehensive overview of this critical event in the history of the Catholic Church. The chapters include The World of Vatican II, Trends of Vatican II, Today's Church: A Look in the Mirror, Called to Be a Sign of Joy and Hope, and Our Compass for the Future.