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Peter Edmonds SJ Stories and Portraits
Why do we have more than one Gospel? Wouldn’t it have been better just to have a single ‘authorised life’ of Jesus of Nazareth, offering all the facts and only the facts?In recent decades, biblical scholars have become more aware of the value of having multiple accounts. Each evangelist approaches Jesus from a different direction, bringing both his own questions, and those of the community to which he belongs. In reading his Gospel, we, too, are invited to bring our own questions and...
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The Catholic Truth Society, Publishers to the Holy See, celebrated their 150th Anniversary with a Thanksgiving Mass in Westminster Cathedral officiated by Cardinal Vincent Nichols. The date chosen was not by chance, as the 19th June marks the death of Cardinal Vaughan, founder of the CTS, Mill Hill Missionaries, and of the Cathedral itself.The publishing charity was born with the aim to communicate the truths of the Catholic faith in the most accessible and authoritative ways, so to reach...
Cover of Radical Sacrifice
In this survey of an endlessly fascinating theme, Terry Eagleton demonstrates once again what an important theological voice he is, despite his status as a non-theologian. ‘Sacrifice’ positions itself at the intersections of philosophy, politics, literature and theology, and Eagleton is well able to hold his own in this complex interdisciplinary conversation. Which is just as well: one of the attractions of this short book is that condensed presentations of weighty pre-modern, modern and...
Peter Edmonds SJ Stories and Portraits
Congratulations to Peter Edmonds SJ, who has just published a new book entitled Stories and Portraits: The Way Companion to the Synoptic Gospels.The work aims to offer preachers, teachers, catechists, retreat-givers, retreatants and others an insight into the distinctive voices of each of the evangelists of the synoptic gospels, leading to a deeper appreciation of the stories that they tell and the portraits that they fashionWhy do we have more than one Gospel? Wouldn’t it have been better to...
New Short History of the Catholic Church in Urdu: book launch
New Short History of the Catholic Church by Fr Norman Tanner SJ has been translated into Urdu. First published in 2011 by Continuum, the book has then been re-issued in paperback by Bloomsbury in 2014 in English and further versions in other languages have been published since.The new Urdu edition was launched in early March in Karachi, Pakistan. Fr Gulshan Barkat OMI (in the photo, in the middle) is the translator of the book. Of Pakistani origin, he studied at the Gregorian University in Rome...
The Berrigan Letters
‘Both sides are kissing their relics and ignoring living men’. So wrote Daniel Berrigan SJ of Christianity and Marxism in a letter to his brother, Philip, on Christmas Eve 1963. The comment captures the spirituality and convictions of both men. They shared a profound desire that Christianity resist the distractions of clericalism and be constantly and fundamentally concerned with changing human realities, materially and spiritually.Daniel Berrigan, a Jesuit priest who was celebrated as a poet...
Covers of Dethroning Mammon and Stations of the Cross - then and now
Denis Blackledge SJ recommends two titles that you might want to have at your fingertips throughout the season of Lent this year: the Archbishop of Canterbury challenges us to make money serve grace; and Denis McBride leads us through a visual meditation on how the Stations of the Cross manifest themselves in today’s world. Dethroning Mammon: Making Money Serve Graceby Justin WelbyThe Archbishop of Canterbury has done us all a good and timely service with a carefully crafted little...
Still from 'Silence'
Martin Scorsese’s ‘passion project’, Silence, based on the novel by Shūsako Endō, has been in the making for some twenty years. The story of Jesuit missionaries in Japan is rich with questions and Ignatian themes – Frances Murphy suggests what viewers should look out for when the film comes to UK cinemas on 1 January. Shūsako Endō’s novel, Silence, tells the story of two 17th century Portuguese Jesuit missionaries in Japan in search of the truth about what happened to their much-admired...
Cover of 'The name of God is Mercy'
An anecdote about taking a cross from a dead priest is perhaps not one you would expect to hear from a pontiff, but The name of God is Mercy is full of such of disarming tales from Pope Francis. Most are encouraging stories, about people who have practised or understood mercy, but there is also the occasional warning about religious rigidity or arrogance. No story is wasted and, typically of Francis, each is used to make a deeper theological truth accessible. In the story of the...
Covers of 'God, Value & Nature' and 'God is No Thing'
Christian faith is made ‘not just philosophically cogent but intensely relevant and reasonable’ in two recent books which exemplify the craft of the philosopher. Michael Barnes SJ celebrates Fiona Ellis’ God, Value and Nature and Rupert Shortt’s God is No Thing. When I was interviewed by the famous professor who was to become my first tutor in Indian Religions I was a bit surprised to find myself quizzed about Greek philosophy. He had recently moved back into his...

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