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Erie couple’s children’s book illustrates meaning of Christmas

Theresa Pobee-Mensah reads her book, "Bible Characters for Advent," to her son Charlie, at their home in Erie.

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Erie Township — Every child raised in a Catholic home knows about the excitement an Advent calendar brings. Building up the anticipation for Christmas, each passing day means another door is open on the calendar, revealing a small treat. ‘Bible Characters for Advent: The Stories that Brought Us Christmas’ By Theresa and Charles Pobee-Mensah CreateSpace…

Book examines importance, influence and interpretations of Vatican II

This is the cover of "The Long Shadow of Vatican II: Living Faith and Negotiating Authority Since the Second Vatican Council," edited by Lucas Van Rompay, Sam Miglarese and David Morgan. The book is reviewed by Agostino Bono. (CNS)

By Agostino Bono Catholic News Service The Second Vatican Council dramatically changed the life, attitudes and thinking of the Catholic Church. Those who straddled the 1962-65 event quickly experienced how groundbreaking these were. Mass shifted from the Latin to the vernacular; relations with other Christians were marked by ecumenism rather than convert-making; dialogue with non-Christian…

Compelling books on Nazi era offer warnings about morality of war

These are the covers of "The Pope's Dilemma: Pius XII Faces Atrocities and Genocide in the Second World War" by Jacques Kornberg and "Wehrmacht Priests: Catholicism and the Nazi War of Annihilation" by Lauren Faulker Rossi. The books are reviewed by Nancy L. Roberts. (CNS)

By Nancy L. Roberts Catholic News Service Seventy years after the end of the Second World War, two compelling new books reveal considerable nuances of Pope Pius XII’s and German Catholic clergy’s moral response to Nazi Germany. Lauren Faulker Rossi’s “Wehrmacht Priests: Catholicism and the Nazi War of Annihilation” uncovers the story of some 17,000…

‘Love Is Our Mission’ commemorative book on pope’s trip coming Oct. 30

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CINCINNATI — Pre-print orders reached 5,000 Sept. 21 for a commemorative book on Pope Francis’ trip to Cuba and the United States that is being produced by Franciscan Media Books, an imprint of Franciscan Media, with content provided by Catholic News Service. The same day “Love Is Our Mission: Pope Francis in America,” as the…

Fascinating format can promote understanding among religions

This is the cover of "The Jesus Dialogues: Jesus Speaks With Religious Founders and Leaders" by Brennan R. Hill. The book is reviewed by Eugene J. Fisher. (CNS)

By Eugene J. Fisher “The Jesus Dialogues: Jesus Speaks With Religious Founders and Leaders” by Brennan R. Hill. Resource Publications (Eugene, Oregon, 2015). 216 pp., $26. The year 2015 represents the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s landmark declaration on interreligious relations, “Nostra Aetate.” This book is a most appropriate way for undergraduates and…