Reviews of books written on subjects/themes of interest to ICN readers - reviewed from a Catholic/Christian perspective.

Prayerbook for prisoners launched

Fr Paul Douthwaite

The Catholic Truth Society launched a prayer book for prisoners at the National Roman Catholic Prison Chaplains Training Conference yesterday.

In a statement, the publishers said: "Supporting prisoners is a key part of our mission to evangelise and the CTS are constantly being asked by prisoners for materials that will help them to learn how to pray or discover more about their faith.

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Booklet: Saints of North America

Saints of North America, by Jean Olwen Maynard, CTS Publications.

St Therese of Lisieux who is one of the great lights of our modern world would be thrilled with this 'North American ' story. The people described here are living examples of her 'little way'. Or to put it another way, her spirituality was a reality in their lives. For them as for Therese, God was not a set of rul...

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Book: Stations of the Resurrection: From Easter to Pentecost

Stations of the Resurrection: From Easter to Pentecost by Richard Q Greatrex

The author of this profoundly stimulating volume reckons that often folk are so weary after 40 days of Lent that the 50-day season of Eastertide gets too little attention. As we live in a resurrection world he wants to offer the reader Stations of the Resurrection. This he does with depth and relish, pro...

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Pope Francis: Popular movements 'a source of moral energy'

Pope Francis has written the preface to a new book: 'The Emergence of Popular Movements: Rerum Novarum of our time' which compiles five years of research into thousands of new movements and associations, which he says act as "a lever for profound social transformation."

Published in Spanish by the Vatican Publishing House (LEV) and prepared by the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, ...

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Book review: African Catholic

African Catholic - (Decolonization and the Transformation of the Church) by Elizabeth A Foster, Harvard University Press.

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations." Matthew Ch28 v.19.

It was in 1958 that I began my missionary training. We students were somewhat bemused when one of our formation team reminded us that ' our job was to get ourselves out of a job'. What ...

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Book: Words out of Silence

Words out of Silence by Jill Segger - Published by Ekklesia -

In these turbulent times, as the President of the United States frequently demonstrates, anyone with access to the internet can comment on events as they happen. But as the speed and ease of communication has increased, so the space and time for careful consideration seems to have diminished. Instant opinions become ever more ...

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Book: Rwanda - An uncomfortable chapter in Catholic history

Review of 'Stepp'd In Blood' Andrew Wallis, Zero Books, May 2019 -

Imagine the scene in 1994 as 500 terrified Rwandans sought refuge from the attacking militia by heading for their local church. They knew that Catholics had protected them in previous violent uprisings against their ethnic group, the Tutsi. This time, the nuns hid the unarmed civilians in an outbuilding. And then...

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US Bishops release book on Pope's teachings on history of the Devil

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is releasing a new book today, featuring a survey of Pope Francis's important teachings on the history of the devil, his empty promises and works, and how we can actively combat him. Written for a wide audience, Rebuking the Devil shows us how to recognize the tricks of the enemy, avoid his traps and defeat his efforts through the power o...

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Book: The Road to Emmaus and Beyond

As the author himself states on the back cover, this is a revision of his 1991 book on the Emmaus story, much updated now, and with an extension into Pentecost. Like Pope Francis, Denis McBride is focussed on the need for a community of "missionary disciples", as spoken of in Evangelii Gaudium #120. After his fine Introduction, the author has four longish chapters - he calls them Parts - and a ...

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Book: The Fisherman's Tomb

'And I also say that you are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church.' Matt Ch.16v18.

John O'Neill has written a brilliant account of the search for Peter's Tomb here. He tells this thriller with the deftness of a Conan Doyle or a Raymond Chandler, with the difference being, that this is not fiction but fact that is living history. It is all about Peter, that most lovabl...

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Book: Hope in All Things

Hope in All Things by Paul O'Reilly SJ is a book that encourages us to find meaning in our own lives and to live in a state of gratitude for all of life.

The accessible and varied reflections in the book are based on the Ignatian insight that in prayer and life we can 'find God in all things'. Through these commentaries, drawn form his own life and work as a Jesuit and doctor, the author ...

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Book: Does Religion Do More Harm Than Good?

Does Religion Do More Harm Than Good? Rupert Shortt. London: SPCK, 2019. 88 pp £7.99/£9.99 ISBN: 9780281078714

As religion editor of the Times Literary Supplement, Rupert Shortt has his finger on the pulse of religious thinking today, not only in academe but in the wider world. Hence this timely book in a time when religion is routinely (and lazily) blamed as a source of viole...

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Saintly Feasts: Food for Saints and Scholars

They say if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen - well they didn't consider saints! A new cookbook with a difference, Saintly Feasts: Food for Saints and Scholars links every recipe with a saint, from St Wilgefortis 'St Cucumber' to St John, who was plunged into a pot of boiling oil but emerged unscathed.

The authors, Martina Maher and Colette Scully are two ...

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Why does genocide occur?

This week marks 25 years since the start of the Rwandan genocide, during which as many as a million people were killed in only 100 days. Since then, academics and diplomats have tried to formulate an early warning system allowing the international community to predict incipient genocide. They are partly motivated by the laudable desire to avoid human suffering. However, more pragmatically, its ...

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