Beginning with the life of Christ, the key events in the Christian story are retold and introduced within their historical context in this beautiful new book. Then, the second section discusses the Catholic doctrine, including the Holy Trinity, the Eucharist, the role of Mary, and heaven, hell, and purgatory. The final section of the book looks at the contemporary practice of Catholicism, while also discussing important days in the Catholic year. All together, these strands of history, doctrine and practice give a comprehensive understanding of Catholicism. Lavishly illustrated with more than 500 paintings, statues, maps and photographs, and concluding with a helpful glossary, this book offers fresh insight into a religion which remains a potent force in millions of people's lives around the world.