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Category: Books

A useful guide to the story of St Bernadette

LOURDES 2019, by Paul De Marco. Published by lulu.com. 2018. 168pp Reviewed by Günther Simmermacher In terms of annual visitors, Lourdes is the world’s third-biggest Marian shrine; in terms of reported miracles, perhaps none...

Can business methods fix SA Church?

THE CATHOLIC CHURCH—200 YEARS IN SOUTHERN AFRICA: The Six Transitional Phases, by Marumagae Moshe. SA Catholic Online Books. 2019. 153pp. Reviewed by Günther Simmermacher South Africans “are good at producing good policy documents but...

Priest shows the way to ‘becoming love’

BECOME LOVE: Gradual Growth and Transformation from John to Francis, by Larry Kaufmann CSsR. Redemptorist Pastoral Publications. 2019. 180pp Reviewed by Tally Palmer I am writing at my study window. A cool, clear day...

A township priest in the struggle

TOWNSHIP GOD: More Than Meets the Eyes, by Paddy Noonan OFM. Write-on Publishing, 2017. 244pp. R195 Reviewed by Mandla Zibi Although it might at first appear so, this is not a book about liberation...

How Truly Getting Christ Can Transform Us

THE UNIVERSAL CHRIST, by Fr Richard Rohr OFM. Convergent Books, New York. 2019. 260 pp. Reviewed by David Gibson A mature Christian, Franciscan Father Richard Rohr writes in his new book, “sees Christ in...

The life of a model of Catholic Social Teaching

ANNE HOPE: The Struggle for Freedom, Stephanie Kilroe. Darton, Longman & Todd. 2019. 155pp. Reviewed by Fr Larry Kaufmann CSsR What a joy it is to learn more about the Catholic activist Anne Hope...

Let the Swiss Guards plan your gourmet meals

THE VATICAN COOKBOOK: 500 Years of Classic Recipes, Papal Tributes and Exclusive Images of Life and Art at the Vatican, by the Pontifical Swiss Guard. Sophia Institute Press, 2018. 204 pp. Reviewed by Regina...

Priest’s prison book will rattle your conscience

LIGHT THROUGH THE BARS: Understanding And Rethinking South Africa’s Prisons, by Fr Babychan Arackathara. Burnet Media, 2019. 216pp. R220 Reviewed by Fr Ralph de Hahn This book by Fr Babychan Arackathara MSFS, a zealous...

Deacon reflects on his ministry

A DEACON’S REFLECTION, by Deacon Greg Garnie. SA Catholic Online Books, 2018. 90pp. Reviewed by Michael Shackleton Pope Paul VI reinstated the permanent diaconate into the Church’s ministry in 1967. His motu proprio “Sacrum...

Racist dogs and reconciliation in SA

HELP! MY GRANNY’S DOG IS A RACIST!: Is Reconciliation and Social Cohesion Finally Dead?, by Fr Patrick Noonan. Write-on Publishing. 2018. 143pp Reviewed by Mmanaledi D Kgongoane Franciscan Father Patrick Noonan has done much...

Like Having Dinner With Pope Francis

A FUTURE OF FAITH: The Path of Change in Politics and Society, by Pope Francis with Dominique Wolton. Bluebird/Pan Macmillan. 2018. 324pp Reviewed by Günther Simmermacher Imagine you are at a dinner party, and...

The Poetry Of A Priest

IN QUIET REALM, Poems by Lawrence Mduduzi Ndlovu. Write-On Publishing. 2018. 113pp. Reviewed by Michael Shackleton In his poem “The Daffodils”, William Wordsworth wrote that he would often lie on his couch “in vacant or in...