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Polish-English prayer books for children
Polish-English prayer books for children

CTS has just published two beautifully-illustrated Polish-English prayer books for children - one book of prayers and one for reading during Mass. The prayer book: Mój Maly Modlitewnik brings to life well-known Catholic prayers in an attractive and child-friendly style, helping children to engage with their faith. Polish-English texts are on facing pages.

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Book: Kill Boxes: Facing the Legacy of US-Sponsored Torture, Indefinite Detention, Drone Warfare
Book: Kill Boxes: Facing the Legacy of US-Sponsored Torture, Indefinite Detention, Drone Warfare

The 2004 image of the hooded prisoner, standing on a box with his arms outstretched and wired for electrocution, inevitably brings to mind Rio's Christ the Redeemer statue. It is the starting point in Elisabeth Weber's book about torture, drones and Guantanamo, and it could not be more timely. Weber, a German academic teaching in California, describes the "shock of recognition" when confronted by the Abu Ghraib prison image. She uses the memoirs of Jean Amery, who who survived torture

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Book: The End of Lieutenant Boruvka by Josef Skvorecky
Book: The End of Lieutenant Boruvka by Josef Skvorecky

We are told that we are living in a 'post-truth age'. The President of the United States has his staff put out alternative facts - or lies - when the verifiable truth is uncomfortable. Climate change is a conspiracy theory. The Muslims (en masse) are out to get us. A referendum is held, lies are told, 37% of people vote to leave the EU - but the people have spoken, although those living overseas could not vote, any more than Scots living in England were able to vote in the Scottish Independence Referendum.

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Book: The Virgin Eye: Towards a Contemplative View of Life
Book: The Virgin Eye: Towards a Contemplative View of Life

This is a beautiful book, full of practical wisdom. Robin Daniels (+ 2012) worked in private practice for 30 years as a Jungian analyst. He was supervisor for St Marylebone Healing Centre, London, facilitating a reflecting group for hospital chaplains. He also ran marriage enrichment and bereavement groups. This book is a compendium of the author's life's work. It weaves insights from psychology and literature with those of his Christian faith. It is condensed from material twice the length and lovingly edited by his wife, Katherine.

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Book: Stations of the Cross Then and Now
Book: Stations of the Cross Then and Now

"The way of the cross is not confined to a lonely road in Jerusalem two thousand years ago: it is a busy highway winding through every village, town and city in our modern world." ...and so the cover of Fr Denis McBride's new book highlights German artist Curd Lessig's tragic image of Mary, weeping over her crucified Son, newly taken down from the cross. However, the cover also shows a photograph which pierced the hearts of millions: that of a Turkish policeman lifting three-year-old Syrian Alan Kurdi from the shore on which his little body had been washed up.

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Book: Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance
Book: Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance

This memoir of a dismal childhood among the so-called white trash of Appalachia has been a publishing sensation. Vance's book appeared at the same time many Americans were asking how Donald Trump had become the Republican Party's nominee, and then their president-elect. Commentators have assumed the anger and mistrust expressed in the book informed Trump's voters, (although there is no evidence the white trash bothered to vote). Hillbilly Elegy describes the dysfunctional, violent, narrow, inward-looking lives of people without hope, who, in the author's words, seek to blame everyone else for their

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My Christmas day read: Mrs Scrooge: a Christmas Tale
My Christmas day read: Mrs Scrooge: a Christmas Tale

An enchanting masterpiece of Christmas poetry from the Poet Laureate. Ebenezer Scrooge's widow stands outside Marley's supermarket, protesting against cruel turkey farming practices, consumerism and waste while shoppers shove their trolleys past her, shouting, 'Spoilsport!' The ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come visit her in her chilly home where she huddles in bed, dressed in Scrooge's old pyjamas, with Catchit the cat. The visits reveal to her the value of friendships well tended, the love of little things and the appreciation of every blessing and gift, however small.

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Muriel Spark - The Biography by Martin Stannard
Muriel Spark - The Biography by Martin Stannard

At Eastertime, ten years ago (2006), Muriel Spark died in a hospital in Florence. It was Maundy Thursday, she was 88 years old. Her final years had involved a botched operation, and a great amount of physical pain. Yet she kept on writing novels up to the end, The Finishing School, her last, being published in 2004. Its title recalls her most famous work, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, but there is no other reason to draw this comparison. Her 22 novels explore humanity's troubled and envious relationships across many circumstances, from the grotesque account of a care home for the dying, in Memento Mori,

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Book: Dementia: hope on a difficult journey
Book: Dementia: hope on a difficult journey

During my previous nursing career, I was one of many who dedicated a considerable amount of time and energy to the care of men and women with dementia. Sometimes those with dementia included Sisters from my own community. Some were dearly-loved friends. I therefore approached Dementia: hope on a difficult journey with a certain amount of practical experience, sharing with countless others the ups and downs of what really is a "difficult journey" - in fact, a frequently very difficult journey. The book's author is not addressing a readership which is, as it were, a blank slate.

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Book launch - Ronald Knox: A Man for all Seasons
Book launch - Ronald Knox: A Man for all Seasons

A new book: Ronald Knox: A Man for all Seasons (ed by Francesca Bugliani Knox) is being launched next Monday at Heythrop College. Fr Nicholas Schofield, archivist of the Archdiocese of Westminster, will be giving the introduction. Ronald Knox occupies a conspicuous role in English religious, cultural and literary history, and he was also one of the leading lights of the English 'Catholic revival' of the first half of the twentieth century. This collection of essays examines his many interests, setting them in their historical context.

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Preview: Last Testament: In His Own Words by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
Preview: Last Testament: In His Own Words by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

In this most touching and revealing book - the nearest Pope Benedict will probably ever get to writing an autobiography - the author speaks with disarming honesty and humility of the causes célèbres which impacted his pontificate, as well as his inner life, his life of prayer and his firm belief in God. This book comes as a final and fitting sequel to his previous works on Jesus of Nazareth.

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Dublin: Senator pays tribute to Irish missionaries at book launch
Dublin: Senator pays tribute to Irish missionaries at book launch

Ahead of World Mission Day, Senator Ronan Mullen paid tribute to the work of Irish missionaries at the launch of 'The Legacy of Irish Missionaries Lives On' by Matt Moran, in St Paul's Church, Arran Quay, Dublin last Wednesday. The book also deals with the role of faith in international development, the work on advocacy, social justice and climate change by religious at the UN, the increasing role of lay missionaries, parish twinning as a new bridge and link between communities in Ireland and developing countries, and the how missionary development remains an integral part of Ireland's overseas aid programme.

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Book: Paisley School an early model of Catholic-Protestant co-operation
Book: Paisley School an early model of Catholic-Protestant co-operation

The Bishop of Paisley, Bishop John Keenan and the Minster of Paisley Abbey, Rev Alan Birss have joined local author and retired head teacher Tom Higgins to launch a book on the first Catholic school in Paisley. The school was established in October 1816 and was run by a committee of 12 Protestants and 12 Catholics, a cooperation highly untypical of its time and place. Early teaching was provided by two French priests, who had fled to Paisley as refugees from the French Revolution, they also provided private tuition for the offspring of Paisley's emerging Protestant entrepreneurs,

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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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