Reviews of recently published works being read around the Vatican

LEV Publishes New Book for Bishops’ Formation Courses

Pope Francis at the gathering A press conference held at the Holy See Press Office on January 28 presented the book Witnesses of the Resurrected One, published by the Vatican Press (LEV). The book contains the proceedings of the annual formation course for new bishops organized by the Congregation for Bishops. Cardinal Marc Ouellet, [...]

The “Diary” of the Secretary General of the Second Vatican Council

It is a volume of almost 600 pages published by the Libreria Editrice Vaticana (the Vatican Press): The Conciliar Diary of Msgr. Pericle Felici, General Secretary of the Second Vatican Council (LEV, 596 pp.), edited by Archbishop Agostino Marchetto. The book is an important help in understanding the history of the Second Vatican Council, as in its pages [...]

Monsignor Iacobone: Editor and Author

The volume La Basilica di San Pietro is whose brainchild? Mons. Pasquale Iacobone: Our friends at the publisher FMR/UTET, Dr. Fabio Lazzari and Marco Castelluzzo, proposed the idea because they had access to an exceptional corpus of photographs of St. Peter’s by Aurelio Amendola. It included photographs he’d taken in the past, in particular of the [...]

Inspiring Words of Pope Francis, and a Unique Album from the Vatican Choir

Francis with a red rose on February 14, 2014, the Feast of St. Valentine   Alicia von Stamwitz is an award-winning freelance author and editor. She has interviewed 2015 Templeton Prize winner Jean Vanier, Benedictine Sister Joan Chittister, Quaker activist Parker Palmer, art historian Sister Wendy Beckett, and essayist Kathleen Norris. In cooperation with [...]

The Ancient Coins of Gela

Coins of the Mint of Gela, by Giancarlo Altieri and Eleonora Giampiccolo. Le monete della Zecca di Gela (“The Coins of the Mint of Gela”) is the title of this bilingual (Italian, English) volume published by the Vatican Publishing House. It showcases the coins of the ancient Sicilian city of Gela, preserved both at [...]

Human Dignity “Under the Microscope” —New From the Vatican Press

In Praise of Dignity, by Giovanni Maria Flick. In Praise of Dignity is a wide-ranging reflection on human dignity and its various aspects. Published by the Vatican Publishing House, its author is Giovanni Maria Flick, Professor Emeritus of Penal Law at Rome’s Luiss University and President Emeritus of the Italian Constitutional Court. The importance [...]

Gaudí and the Sagrada Familia Explained by Cardinal Lluís Martínez Sistach

'Gaudi, the Man, the Artist, the Christian', by Lluis Martinez Cardinal Sistach. Cardinal Lluís Martínez Sistach, Archbishop of Barcelona, Spain, guides readers on a journey to discover Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia Basilica and its creator, architect Antoni Gaudí, in a new volume from the Vatican Publishing House, Gaudí: The Man, the Artist, the Christian. “The [...]

Five New Books by Francis

'Message of Hope and Unity', by Pope Francis. 'Mercy Changes the Heart', by Pope Francis. 'In Faith and in Charity', by Pope Francis. 'Morning Homilies', by Pope Francis. Starting December 5 in bookstores, readers have been able to find books with the texts of Pope Francis’ morning homilies, [...]

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