In his encyclical “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home,” Pope Francis does not mince words: “Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience.”
World War II novels continue to be written and published; there doesn’t seem to be an end to the story lines created by authors, who find stories from a variety of sources and inspirations.
“The Faith of Christopher Hitchens: The Restless Soul of the World’s Most Notorious Atheist” by Larry Alex Taunton. Nelson Books (Nashville, Tennessee, 2016). 224 pp., $24.99. When Christopher Hitchens died of esophageal cancer at the age of 62 in 2011, he was famous as a left-wing polemicist who argued passionately for atheism. Author of the […]
“The Physically Fit Messiah: Wellness Wisdom Past and Present” by Cal Samra. Robert D. Reed Publishers (Bandon, Oregon, 2016). 216 pp., $14.95. Good health care is not defined solely by the medical assistance we receive during times of illness or after an accident, Cal Samra insists in “The Physically Fit Messiah.” Life patterns that foster […]
The 3-D documentary “St. Peter’s and the Papal Basilicas of Rome” had only a single American showing July 14 in a few hundred theaters.
Matthew Fox is an ex-Catholic and ex-Dominican priest who is now an Episcopalian. In 1993, he was silenced for his theological views — including his advocacy for women’s ordination, same-sex unions and some of his writings on creation spirituality.
Retired Pope Benedict XVI has given another interview to the journalist and author Peter Seewald, and a German publisher announced it would be released worldwide Sept. 9.
“Redeeming Conflict: 12 Habits for Christian Leaders” by Ann M. Garrido. Ave Maria Press (Notre Dame, Indiana, 2016). 270 pp., $15.95. “To Heal, Proclaim and Teach: The Essential Guide to Ministry in Today’s Catholic Church” by Jared Dees. Ave Maria Press (Notre Dame, Indiana, 2016). 298 pp., $16.95. In “Redeeming Conflict,” Ann M. Garrido, an […]
“Believers, Thinkers and Founders: How We Came to Be One Nation Under God” by Kevin Seamus Hasson. Image Books (New York, 2016). 227 pp., $20. The author of this readable and informative volume studied law and theology at the University of Notre Dame and is the founder of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, so […]
“It Is Right and Just: Responses of the Roman Missal” by John M. Cunningham, OP. Newman House Press (Pine Beach, New Jersey, 2016), 61 pp., $10. Any Catholic who attends Mass regularly is by now familiar with the new English translation of the Mass prayers published in 2011. This doesn’t mean, however, that familiarity led […]
TORONTO (CNS) — British-American writer Janet Quin-Harkin, better known to her many readers as Rhys Bowen, recently returned to her California home from Las Vegas, where she collected yet another writing award in the crime/mystery genre. It’s the latest accolade in this prolific novelist’s work that has given life to a number of fascinating characters, […]
“The Enthusiast: How the Best Friend of Francis of Assisi Almost Destroyed What He Started” by Jon M. Sweeney. Ave Maria Press (Notre Dame, Indiana, 2016). 291 pp., $18.95. St. Francis of Assisi had a few rough edges, according to Jon Sweeney, who rejects the common practice of making him too sain tly. First, the […]
“Taste and See: Experiencing the Goodness of God with Our Five Senses” by Ginny Kubitz Moyer; Loyola Press; May 2016; 188 pp; $9.95 By Ann Jonas Award-winning writer Ginny Kubitz Moyer’s fourth and newest book, “Taste and See: Experiencing the Goodness of God with Our Five Senses,” centers on everyday spirituality with a focus on […]
“Good Girls, Bad Girls of the New Testament: Their Enduring Lessons” by T.J. Wray. Rowman & Littlefield (Lanham, Maryland, 2016). 233 pp., $26.95. The author, who teaches Scripture at Salve Regina University, chooses 12 women, including two sets of sisters. The number 12 is not accidental, being the number of the tribes of Israel and […]