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Poetry: David Jones in the Great War, by Thomas Dilworth
Poetry: David Jones in the Great War, by Thomas Dilworth

Born in South London, the artist and poet David Jones nevertheless grew up a fervent Welsh patriot, absorbing the romantic epics of Welsh history with its battles and brave warriors. Hardly surprising then, that he should volunteer in the Royal Welch Fusiliers when the Great War broke out. Thomas Dilworth takes us through Jones's wartime life as if inviting the reader to be a third party to a conversation between friends, and indeed the book is largely the fruit of interviews with David Jones and his friends. Like other poets and former soldiers Jones never got the

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Book: The Last Conversations - with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
Book: The Last Conversations - with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

'The Last Conversations' - a book of interviews with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI by German journalist Peter Seewald has just been published, in Italian and German. The English version will be available in late November under the title 'Last Testaments'. The interviews cover a wide range of subjects among them his decision to resign, his happiness about his successor, reflections on his participation at the Second Vatican Council, and his collaboration with St John Paul II. The 89-year-old pontiff was the first pope to resign

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Book: John Swinton's Dementia: Living in the Memories of God wins Michael Ramsey Prize
Book: John Swinton's Dementia: Living in the Memories of God wins Michael Ramsey Prize

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, today awarded the 2016 Michael Ramsey Prize for theological writing to Dementia: Living in the Memories of God by John Swinton at a ceremony at the Greenbelt festival. The winner received a cheque for £10,000. Speaking about the winning entry, the Archbishop, who presided over the prize for the first time, said: "... It is a cross-disciplinary book that goes straight to the heart of tackling one of the most profound failures of our society - the failure to value people in other than economic terms, without seeing the

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New document from the CDF: The Church Made Anew
New document from the CDF: The Church Made Anew

Numerous ecclesial groups have arisen before and since Vatican II, constituting a great source of renewal for the Church and the new evangelisation. These new, powerfully dynamic realities, recognised by John Paul II as a 'providential answer' to communicating the Gospel in a new way to the whole world, offer a great source of hope. This document: The Church Made Anew - Iuvenescit Ecclesia - from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, reflects on how a fruitful and ordered participation of these 'movements' is achievable

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The Gospel of John, The Gospel of Relationship, 
by Jean Vanier
The Gospel of John, The Gospel of Relationship, 
by Jean Vanier

The Gospel of John, writes Jean Vanier, stresses how life is both 'relationship' and 'communion', with God and with each other, but that we discover through John that these relationships are also about transformation, that 'human beings need to be gradually transformed, body and soul, to enter into a fullness of love.' In this chapter-by-chapter exploration of the Gospel of John, Vanier explains how Jesus taught this lesson at every step of his ministry.

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Book: The Truth about Trident: disarming the nuclear arguments
Book: The Truth about Trident: disarming the nuclear arguments

This timely book from Timmon Milne Wallis, a former Director of the National Peace Council, provides a comprehensive demolition of most arguments for the UK to continue to hold Trident nuclear weapons. Wallis argues in a methodical style outlining the various arguments for and against these weapons systems. He then dismantles the claims of those who favour renewal, providing a comprehensive case for the UK to give up its nuclear weapons arsenal and set an example for the rest of the world to follow.

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Book:  Child Migration and Human Rights in a Golden Age
Book: Child Migration and Human Rights in a Golden Age

In the last 35 years, migration to the developed world has doubled. Yet, contrary to the current anti-refugee narrative, 83% of migrants remain in their region of original. This book concerns the 11% of the world's migrants who are younger than 20 years of age, many of them fending for themselves in appalling circumstances, exploited or ignored. Only recently has it been acknowledged that the authorities should consider what is best for the child.

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Viewpoint: Homilies and restaurants
Viewpoint: Homilies and restaurants

Father Russell Pollitt's excellent article about walking out of a Mass because he couldn't take any more awful homilies must have struck a chord with many ICN readers. And it got me thinking about restaurants. My book Ole! Ole! Passion on a Plate: The Rise of Spanish Cuisine in London is soon to come out. It's both a celebration of Spanish food and wine and an exploration of why it has become so popular in the capital. Thirty years ago there was only a handful of Spanish restaurants in London. Now they seem to be everywhere. The West End alone has around 40.

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Sport and the Spiritual Life - 2nd edition, review by Mgr Vladimir Felzmann
Sport and the Spiritual Life - 2nd edition, review by Mgr Vladimir Felzmann

Ahead of the Inaugural Global Congress for Sports and Christianity which will be convened at St John's University in York, from 24-28 August 2016, US-based Catholic sport scholar, Anthony Maranise, an oblate of the Benedictine Order, has released the second edition of his book, Sport & the Spiritual Life: The Integration of Playing & Praying. Maranise will join fellow Christian sports scholars from across the globe in York a few short months from now; one of whom, Mgr Vladimir Felzmann, Chaplain for Sport and CEO of the London-based John Paul II Foundation for Sport, reviews Maranise's book below:

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New publication:  'Church of the poor'
New publication: 'Church of the poor'

Pope Francis has said that he wants "a poor Church, for the poor". But what does it actually mean to be a Church of and for the poor? Here in the UK, are our churches - of all traditions - doing enough to stand in solidarity with people in poverty? Church Action on Poverty's new publication 'Church of the Poor?' was launched last week to explore that question and call our Churches to do more. Hundreds of people have already downloaded or ordered it, and it's sparking excited debate on social media.

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THE BEAST: riding the rails and dodging narcos on the migrant trail
THE BEAST: riding the rails and dodging narcos on the migrant trail

This book may be of interest to readers of ICN for two reasons: first, in the light of continuing migration from Syria, it offers a parallel view of the danger and misery endured by Central Americans fleeing violence that has devastated their communities; and second, because the response of Catholics is the only bright spot in this dismal tragedy. Oscar Martinez is a gifted and brave Salvadorian journalist who joined the wave of Central Americans escaping a drug gang-fuelled conflict that makes sleepy towns in Honduras statistically as deadly as the Middle East.

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Book: Becoming the Presence of God
Book: Becoming the Presence of God

Not all of us want to be monks or nuns but many of us still yearn to deepen our relationship with God while supporting others through the vicissitudes of their lives. Wherever we find ourselves on the spiritual map, Becoming the Presence of God encourages us to become contemplatives in the world at large. Every person of faith is called in their own way not only to care for others but also to become the presence of God for them; but this is not always claimed as a vocation because the church seems to have lost the contemplative heart from

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New book charts life of Nano Nagle - 'Irish Woman of the Millennium'
New book charts life of Nano Nagle - 'Irish Woman of the Millennium'

Voted 'Irish Woman of the Millennium' and 'Ireland's Greatest Woman' respectively, Nano Nagle is undoubtedly one of the most pioneering figures in Ireland's history. The 'Lady with the Lantern' as she was also known, founded the Presentation Sisters in 1775 and inspired Edmund Ignatius Rice to found the Christian Brothers. In 2013, she was declared venerable by Pope Francis, 'A Dream Unfolds' recounts the true story of Nano Nagle. The book begins during Nano's childhood in the early 18th century,

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Book: Novel retells story of kidnapped schoolgirls - with a twist
Book: Novel retells story of kidnapped schoolgirls - with a twist

The story of the kidnapping of Nigeria's Chibok school girls is being retold in a new novella being launched this month - but with the action transferred to the UK. The release of Someday by Carnegie-Medal nominated author Corinna Turner on 15th April marks the anniversary of their abductions by Islamist terror group Boko Haram in late April 2014. Miss Turner's latest book Someday moves the abduction of the 276 schoolgirls to Britain and asks what might have happened if the mass kidnapping had occurred over here.

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Book: 'The Conceit of Humanitarian Intervention'
Book: 'The Conceit of Humanitarian Intervention'

One of the more memorable images of 2003 was Pope John Paul II, so unwell he was struggling to sit up, yet using every ounce of energy he possessed to warn President George W Bush not to go to war in Iraq. Rajan Menon reminds us that Iraq was only branded as a humanitarian intervention after no weapons of mass destruction were found. His book demolishes the notion, popular among academics, the UN and some NGOs, that there is such a thing as global civil society and universal human rights.

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Book: 'ZERO, ZERO, ZERO'
Book: 'ZERO, ZERO, ZERO'

When Pope Francis visited Mexico in February he spoke repeatedly of the damage being done by the illegal trade in drugs. As Colombia's drug lords were neutralised in the 1990s, the business shifted north to Mexico, with its permeable 2,000 mile border with the USA, the largest market for cocaine. More than forty mayors and dozens of journalists have been killed while investigating the cartels which are responsible for the deaths of an estimated 170,000 Mexicans since 2007.

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Holy Week reading from CTS
Holy Week reading from CTS

The Beauty of Confession with Pope Francis; The Road that Leads to Life - Lent and Easter with Pope Francis, and Rich in Mercy by St John Paul II are three new titles from CTS that make perfect Holy Week reading. In The Beauty of Confession with Pope Francis, Discovering God's Mercy, by Fr Donncha Ó hAodha, Pope Francis speaks of repentance, sin and confession from personal experience, as someone who is poor and needy. He reminds us how deep and universal God's mercy is, especially during the Year of Mercy. What place should the Sacrament

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Book: BLOOD OIL: Tyrants, violence and the rules that run the world
Book: BLOOD OIL: Tyrants, violence and the rules that run the world

Have you ever surveyed the world's deadly and destructive conflicts, and concluded, reluctantly, that 1) it's all about oil and so 2) there's nothing we can do about it? If so, this is the book for you. Rooted in both morality and common sense, Wenar provides practical proposals for how the international community can bring transparency and accountability to the profoundly corrupt places where rulers treat their nation's mineral and oil wealth like a personal bank account. Wenar illustrates how resource-rich authoritarian regimes use a combination of violence

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Book:  Rethinking gender in revolutions and resistance
Book: Rethinking gender in revolutions and resistance

Who can forget the way the Egyptian military stripped and humiliated the young female demonstrator who came to be known as the girl in the blue bra? During the Arab Spring women were often in the front lines, risking their lives to overthrow corrupt regimes. Yet, since then, they have mostly been pushed back into more traditional female roles. This book of essays examines how women have fought to have a voice in nations in transition. It challenges the idea that women can either be submissive Muslims or secular feminists. It opens with a moving account

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Lenten publications from Westminster J&P
Lenten publications from Westminster J&P

Westminster Justice and Peace has issued two new publications for Lent as part of their efforts to raise awareness of climate change: The Paris Diaries on their cycling pilgrimage to Paris, The Paris Diaries, and a new vegetarian recipe book: Lent Fast, Vegetarian Feast. For a year the Westminster Justice and Peace Commission organised 'Pray and Fast' evenings on the first of the month in solidarity with a worldwide movement to raise concern for our planet. They marked the evenings with other Catholics, fellow Christians, Muslims

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‪#‎worldbookday‬  offer from National Shrine of St Jude
‪#‎worldbookday‬ offer from National Shrine of St Jude

To celebrate ‪#‎worldbookday‬ and their sixty-one years of ministry, The Shrine of Saint Jude are selling Fr Wilfrid McGreal's book on Fr Elias Lynch and the origins of the National Shrine of Saint Jude for only £10. Through his letters to fellow friars and through his Carmelite newsletter, Fr Elias Lynch communicated his heart and soul to readers in the English county of Kent, his native Ireland, and throughout the world.

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London: Festival of Catholic Literature
London: Festival of Catholic Literature

For the month of March, the CTS bookshop by Westminster Cathedral at 25 Ashley Place, The Piazza, is hosting a Festival of Catholic Literature. The Festival will include free lunchtime talks during the week and Saturday morning events for children exploring the wonderful stories that form the basis of our faith. At the first children's event this Saturday, (for ages 5-10) 5 March from 11am-12pm, Miriam Fairbairn will be reading from Noah and the Great Flood; The Clown of God; Jonah's Whale and Brother Hugo and the Boar.

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Pope answers questions from children in new book
Pope answers questions from children in new book

'L'amore prima del mondo' - 'Love before the world' is the title of a book published by Rizzoli, in the form of 31 letters and drawings sent to the Holy Father by children from various Jesuit institutions from all five continents, asking for advice and explanations, and Francis' replies. The title is drawn from the Pope's answer to the question: "What did God do before the world was made?". The 80-page book consist of a dialogue between Pope Francis and the Jesuit Fr Antonio Spadaro, director of La Civilta Cattolica, who took the children's letters and drawings

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Book: Journeying with Jonah: the struggle to find yourself
Book: Journeying with Jonah: the struggle to find yourself

Journeying with Jonah: the struggle to find yourself is about an Old Testament prophet who is recognized by "everybody" but who, in fact, is rarely understood. Fr Denis McBride points out that Jonah is also one of the least likely role models we might ever encounter. This book is a fascinating commentary on the human condition as revealed through the life of a very reluctant hero - which gives it a special relevance to anyone who is both struggling to discern their vocation and afraid of the consequences of saying "yes" to God's call.

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Thirty lines from Chesterton to help restore your senses in a crazy world
Thirty lines from Chesterton to help restore your senses in a crazy world

When we look at headlines and newsmakers, and people in leadership and media, it is tempting to throw our hands to heaven and think, The world is mad and out of control, and to believe that the brokenness of the era is unmatched in any previous era. But every student of history knows this is not true. Thanks to original sin, every era is broken except where it has been reclaimed by Christ Jesus, soul by soul, through his death and resurrection. Plato complained about the state of the world; the psalmist expressed human feelings and urges that plague

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