Book News

The latest book on Pope Pius XII, the first to include material from the complete archives up to 1958, repeats a lot of old news, but adds some interesting detail about the culture and politics of the papal court during the Second World War, according to a Canadian scholar who wrote a landmark biography of the wartime pope.

Author seeks a deeper look at Hollywood

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Back in 2009 Douglas Beaumont issued a challenge to Christian moviegoers. The U.S. academic wrote The Message Behind the Movie: How to Engage with a Film Without Disengaging Your Faith. It implored Christians who are hardcore resisters of Hollywood, and the ones who consume all things Tinseltown without discernment, to dig deeper.

Paradoxical priest enlivens writer’s fiction

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Maritime Canadian writer Anne Emery readily admits that it was the beauty of traditional sacred music that led her from an indifferent practice of the faith to a new appreciation of the eucharistic celebration and the dedication and service of priests.

B.C. pastor reveals power of Catholic worldview

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From the cover art through the 175 pages that follow, Fr. Harrison Ayre’s new book is a contemplative experience.

A thorough look at Benedict’s life

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In two decades as a Catholic convert, I am privileged to have called Holy Father two immense Popes: the unconquerable Pole, St. John Paul ll; and the scholarly German, Benedict XVI.

Lost and found in Dante’s Indiana

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Randy Boyagoda takes a bold dive into some of society’s most contentious issues in his latest novel, Dante’s Indiana.

The caring reality: How your parish can serve people with dementia

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In the new Novalis book Here With Us: A Parish Guide to Serving People with Dementia, The Catholic Register’s Michael Swan outlines a massive pastoral challenge. There will be well over one million Canadians living with some form of dementia by 2036. They certainly will not be absent from parishes. Are we ready?

Book shines spotlight on poverty

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The Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition is once again battling poverty in Ontario, this time with facts laid out in black and white and printed in a book.

Even in a pandemic, there is room for Christ

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Fr. Harrison Ayre knows COVID lockdowns can wear you down. He’s felt it more in the last few months.

Graham Greene: a saint who would be sinner

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On fortuitous occasions, the right biographer finds the right subject at just the right time. 

Book on Catholic parenting a real family affair

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“How did you do it? How did you raise kids who are passionate about their faith and have the heart of a missionary?”