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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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Book: Into Extra Time by Fr Michael Paul Gallagher
Book: Into Extra Time by Fr Michael Paul Gallagher

Into Extra Time comprises the powerful reflections of Fr Michael Paul Gallagher, written during the final months of his life following a diagnosis of cancer. While undergoing several cycles of chemotherapy and ultimately passing into palliative care, Fr Michael Paul documented his journey - physical, psychological and spiritual - in a diary which is included in this book alongside other notes and insights, and two theological essays: on death and on concern for unbelief.

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Pope Francis to release new book for children
Pope Francis to release new book for children

Pope Francis is releasing a new book for children next month: 'Dear Pope Francis'. The book - published by Loyola Press (original Italian title "L'amore prima del mondo") - contains the Holy Father's responses to letters written by children from around the world. What did God do before creating the world? "God loved." Why do my parents fight sometimes? "They are human." These are some of the questions put to Pope Francis by children between the ages of 6-13 from 26 countries, including Albania, China, Nigeria, and the Philippines.

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 New guidebook follows in the steps of  St Francis of Assisi
New guidebook follows in the steps of St Francis of Assisi

A new guidebook retracing the route of St Francis of Assisi has been launched by Cicerone Publishing. Stretching over 28 days and 550km, The Way of St Francis connects significant places and dusty paths from the life of the saint and makes them available to pilgrim walkers, trekkers and adventurers seeking to follow in his footsteps. Author Reverend Sandy Brown, from Seattle, Washington, an ordained minister and long-distance walker, has retraced the path of the 'Patron Saint of Animals and Environment' to produce a fascinating 288-page guidebook.

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New book by Pope Francis: 'The Name of God is Mercy'
New book by Pope Francis: 'The Name of God is Mercy'

'The Name of God is Mercy' is the title of a new book set to be released in 86 countries tomorrow, 12th January, in which Pope Francis reveals his vision of God's mercy in a series of interviews with Vatican reporter Andrea Tornielli. Several extracts, made available by the publisher, Piemme, ahead of its official release are published below: The pope, like Peter, is in need of mercy "The Pope is a man who needs the mercy of God," the Holy Father says in the book-length interview.

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Book: Pope Francis: Untying the Knots; the Struggle for the Soul of Catholicism - by Paul Vallely (2nd edition)
Book: Pope Francis: Untying the Knots; the Struggle for the Soul of Catholicism - by Paul Vallely (2nd edition)

This is an emotional roller coaster of a book. Like a cliff-hanging thriller, Vallely describes the institutional challenges facing Pope Francis, and the dark forces working against his attempts to reform the Church, "to let God's Holy Spirit blow where it will along corridors and through rooms which were stuffy and airless." But fans of Francis should beware: Vallely's recounting of Jorge Bergoglio's now-infamous role in the arrest of two priests during Argentina's dirty war will leave the reader unsettled.

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Book: 'A Future Full of Hope?' edited by Gemma Simmonds CJ
Book: 'A Future Full of Hope?' edited by Gemma Simmonds CJ

This collection of essays discusses why young people enter religious orders, charting the split between the prophetic model (living within poor communities, teaching, providing health and other services) and the observant model (more traditionally monastic). It is argued there is a recent increase in young people committing themselves to holy orders because they are attracted to life "in the desert," rather than at the coal face of social deprivation. They yearn for the certainly of ritual, obedience, prayer and contemplation, and there is disenchantment with religious orders that are not visibly religious.

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The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope 
by Austen Ivereigh, 2nd edition
The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope 
by Austen Ivereigh, 2nd edition


The second edition of Austen Ivereigh's papal biography is essential reading for those wishing to understand how the unsmiling Jorge Bergoglio became the rock star pope who is "constructing a new Catholic populism, one that fiercely advocates on behalf of the excluded," as Ivereigh puts it. 
"The once inscrutable Jesuit provincial and taciturn Cardinal has become the most talkative of modern popes because he knows that contemporary culture only regards as credible those who are willing to dialogue," Ivereigh contends. He argues that Francis has fully grasped how

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Takashi Nagai - atomic radiation and the suffering of Japan
Takashi Nagai - atomic radiation and the suffering of Japan

Known affectionately as "the saint of Urakami", Takashi Nagai died on May 1st, 1951, six years after the atomic bomb fell, on August 9th 1945, on his city of Nagasaki, David Alton writes in his blog today. A convert to the Catholic faith, Dr.Nagai, came from a family of doctors. He was a physician specialising in radiology. His eye witness account is recorded in "The Bells of Nagasaki" - written while he was dying of leukaemia - and which has never been out of print since it first appeared in 1949.

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Book:  'The Secret War' by Max Hastings
Book: 'The Secret War' by Max Hastings

John Le Carre once observed that many spies he encountered had a whiff of personal failure and a certain dodgyness about them. Max Hastings's study of espionage and code breaking is packed with anecdotes supporting Le Carre's cruel assessment. Some of the eccentric or incompetent characters he profiles are less James Bond and more Mr Bean. Yet, he also draws our attention to the unsung heroes of code-breaking; mainly non-conformist types whose bosses took the credit. Hastings, who writes beautifully, points out that in many cases a careful perusal of the

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Book:    'Black Earth' by Timothy Snyder
Book: 'Black Earth' by Timothy Snyder

Although the publishing industry is heaving with new titles about World War Two, rarely is proper attention paid to Hitler's motivation, and the racial obsessions that led to the defining event of the Twentieth Century. Timothy Snyder provides a fascinating analysis of Hitler's worldview: the inferiority of every race but the Germans, and the need to possess the black earth of Soviet Ukraine on which to grow food to sustain the master race. Hitler admits he found inspiration in America's decimation of its Native American ethnic groups and the ensuing land grab.

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Book launch: 'From Burma to Rome' by Benedict Rogers
Book launch: 'From Burma to Rome' by Benedict Rogers

Benedict Rogers, a parishioner at St Joseph's in New Malden, west London was received into the Church on Palm Sunday 2013 in Rangoon, Burma. His new book: 'From Burma to Rome' tells the remarkable story of his journey to the Catholic faith, through the lives of those who inspired him. "a voyage of discovery... eloquently argued. We are treated to the excitement and exhilaration of a traveller who is discovering small islands, new countries and vast continents. It is reinvigorating and challenging... a joy to read." Lord Alton of Liverpool.

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Sport & the Spiritual Life: the Integration of Praying & Playing
Sport & the Spiritual Life: the Integration of Praying & Playing

The caveat that "one should not judge a book by its cover" does not apply in reading Anthony Maranise's Sport & The Spiritual Life: The Integration of Playing & Praying. In this case, the book's cover depicting a stained glass window offers a helpful image and invitation for understanding and appreciating the contents and insights offered by the author about the interplay of sports and Christian spirituality. The primary purpose of a church's stained glass window is to allow light from the outside to enter through the medium of an artistic rendering into a sacred space.

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Book: The Long Road Out Of Town
Book: The Long Road Out Of Town

When I heard that Greg Watts written an autobiography I imagined it would an account of his professional life with a string of anecdotes about the VIPs he's met, or historic events he's covered - but in fact this is much more a coming-of-age story - a frank and personal account of his early life, before he went into journalism.

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Book launch: Dialogue of the Heart: Christian-Muslim Stories of Encounter by Fr Martin McGee
Book launch: Dialogue of the Heart: Christian-Muslim Stories of Encounter by Fr Martin McGee

The Pauline Sisters in Kensington on Tuesday hosted the launch of Dialogue of the Heart: Christian-Muslim Stories of Encounter by Fr Martin McGee a Benedictine monk of Worth Abbey. The book includes a touching account of the story of the Trappist monks of Tibhirine, highlighting the way this particular order has provided an inspiring example by reaching out to their Muslim fellow believers in modern-day North Africa. The monks' story - familiar to many thanks to the award - winning 2010 film Of Gods and Men - forms the backbone of this deeply affecting and

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