WASHINGTON — When Pope Francis first stepped onto the balcony
overlooking St. Peter's Square in Rome, Mark Shriver, like millions of other
people around the world, was captivated by this man who humbly bowed his head
after asking the people there to pray for him, before he would offer his first
blessing to them.
Here are some new books that offer daily
reflections for the new year.
WASHINGTON — The following books are suitable for Christmas
What do a Confederate sympathizer, an Olympic swimmer and a graphic designer from Kansas all have in common? They are all part of the rich history of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Fredericksburg, a faith community that predates the Civil War and has watched Catholicism grow and blossom in the commonwealth despite years of persecution. More
Terry Beatley, president and founder of the Vienna-based Hosea Initiative, made a promise to Dr. Bernard Nathanson, known as the “abortion king,” in 2009 to spread his message of how he deceived the nation with his work in the abortion industry.More
Many retirees whose nests have long been empty are finding
themselves the caretakers of those who cared for them as
chicks. Whether at home, or in a nursing home, many of these
loved ones can become frustrated with their loss of
independence and failing health. By the end of the day, the
caregiver's seemingly unappreciated struggle can cause them
to feel very alone.
ROME - Pope Pius XII, who some critics say remained silent
during the Holocaust, played a pivotal role in coordinating
covert spy operations and efforts to take down Adolf Hitler,
a U.S. author said.
VATICAN CITY - Arms flailing, the exuberant and perhaps
hyperactive Italian actor and comedian Roberto Benigni
described Pope Francis as a masterful minister of God's
mercy, which is always active and always on the move.
In Ryan and Mary-Rose Verret's new book, Witness to Love:
How to Help the Next Generation Build Marriages that Survive
and Thrive (St. Benedict Press, 2015), they challenge the
reader to be part of the solution to the divorce culture that
It's definitely not a light-hearted, take-to-the-beach
romance book. The cover is eerie, showing the darkness of
space, save for the light at the center of a spiral galaxy.
But The Reality of God: The Layman's Guide to Scientific
Evidence for the Creator by Steven R. Hemler (Saint
Benedict Press, 2014) is a worthwhile read for any believer
who couldn't find the right responses when confronted by
agnostics - or even for cradle Catholics who could use a
scientific boost to long-held beliefs.
Pope Francis once said, "A little bit of mercy makes the
world less cold and more just." Taken in the context of the
confessional or even the church's outreach efforts to the
poor, his words resound clearly. But in the often dog-eat-dog
business world, mercy might not seem to have a place with
maximizing profits and watching the bottom line.
VATICAN CITY - A cookbook featuring favorite dishes of the
three most-recent popes and their elite military corps will
be available this summer in English.
There is an old saying that life is a journey, not a
destination. Where we end up is important, but getting there
is the true test of character and imagination.