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The Second Vatican Council (Vatican II) was one of the most significant events in the life of the modern Church. Between October 1962 and December 1965 the largest ever gathering of Catholic bishops answered the call of Pope John XXIII to let some "fresh air" into the Church. Completing the work of an earlier Vatican Council that had been cut short, and in a tradition of ecumenical councils dating back to the time of the Apostles, Vatican II laid the foundations for a renewal that continues. Catholic Truth Society has republished the four major documents of the Council (known as "Constitutions" and named after their opening words in Latin), with brilliant new Introductions by leading churchmen, to encourage continued study of the Council in parishes and elsewhere.
Dei Verbum is the Dogmatic Constitution on the Word of God. It deals with the subject of divine revelation, especially the inspiration and interpretation of Sacred Scripture, and the continuing, vivifying role of Scripture in the life of the Church. Though brief, this beautiful Constitution is full of rich insight and emphasizes the important place of Scripture in every Christian life.