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NEW SHORT HISTORY OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
Norman Tanner

A one-volume history of the Crhistian people from Pentecost to the 2010, with principle focus on the Catholic Church
Hardcover 260pp R291.00





THE CATHOLIC CHURCH THROUGH THE AGES
A History
John Vidmar, OP

Fr Vidmar surveys the history of the church, from its beginnings up to Pope Benedict XVI's pontificate, through the lens of renowned Catholic historian Christopher Dawson.
He writes with enthusiasm and with a down-to-earth quality born of years of teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Each chapter ends with an annotated list of readings, and even includes historical novels to help convey a "feeling" for an age.
2005 pb 360pp R358.00




CHURCH FATHERS
From Clement of Rome to Augustine
Pope Benedict XVI

At his Wednesday audiences during 2007 and 2008 Pope benedict XVI gave a series of short talks on the Church Fathers. This bolume contains thirty six of these inspirational teachings
Paperback 196pp R95.00




CLEMENT OF ROME & THE DIDACHE
"Early Christian Fathers" series
A new translation and theological commentary
Kenneth Howell

The letter to the Corinthians by Clement of Rome and the Didache are two of the most important documents from the earliest days of Christianity - the very fount of Christian teaching outside the New Testament.
These documents reveal how Christians were implementing and living out the faith taught by Jesus and passed on by the twelve apostles. The constant threat of schism and doctrinal deviation prompted these writers to pen some of the most enduring wisdom known to the church.
Kenneth Howell is a seasoned scholar of ancient Greek. His translations of Clement and the Didache are rigorous and lively. His accompanying commentary illumines the connections between these early documents and the New Testament.
2012 pb 189pp R210.00




IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH & POLYCARP OF SMYRNA
"Early Christian Fathers" series
A new translation and theological commentary
Kenneth Howell

Ignatius of Antioch and Polycarp of Smyrna were two of the greatest leaders of Christianity in the first half of the second century. Both suffered martyrdom.
The letters of Ignatius advance the teachings of Christ and the apostles on important subjects as church unity, the Eucharist, and the governmental structure of the church.
The martyrdom of Polycarp, in the mid-second century, represents one of the earliest and most inspiring accounts of a Christian martyr that we possess.
Their combined writings provide a unique window on the faith, life, and practice of Christians in the second century.

2009 Revised + expanded edition 200pp R168.00




101 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ON 
THE CRUSADES AND THE INQUISITION
Disputed questions
John Vidmar, OP

The author distills the best of recent historical scholarship on the Crusades and the inquisitions into a highly readable book that both illumines the past and challenges our presumptions about these two related and seismic sets of events in the history of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. 
2013 pb 111pp R190.00





VATICAN COUNCIL II
The Conciliar and Post Conciliar Documents
General Editor: Austin Flannery, OP

Hardcover R152.00




A BRIEF HISTORY OF VATICAN II
Giuseppe Alberigo

Alberigo illuninates for lay people and experts alike the significance and meaning of one of the most important religious events of the twentieth century.
Paperback 141pp R53.00




KEYS TO THE COUNCIL
Unlocking the teaching of Vatican II
Richard Gaillardetz & Catherine Clifford

Twenty key conciliar passages are identified which help us appreciate the vision of the council fathers. Each chapter places the given passage in its larger historical context, explores its fundamental meaning and significance, and finally considers its larger significance for the life of the church today.
Chapters include exploration of Sacrosanctum Concilium's demand of "full, conscious, and active participation" in the liturgy; Lumen Gentium's eucharistic ecclesiology; Gaudium et Spes's vision of marriage as an intimate partnership of life and love; Nostra Aetate's approach to non-Christian religions; and more.
Paperback 198pp R226.00



101 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ON 
THE POPES AND THE PAPACY
Christopher Bellitto

This fascinating, readable book answers almost every possible question that comes up whenever there is a papal transition. Our guide is Church historian Dr Christopher Bellitto, and lecturer.  He tackles even the thorniest questions like:
- how do the popes justify their authority?
- was Pius XII really "Hitler's pope"?
- was there really a Pope Joan?
- what is papal infallibility?
2008/2010 pb 177pp R48.00




POPE JOHN XXII
Essential Writings
Selected with an introduction by Jean Maalouf

Pope John XXIII was the "transitional" pope elected in 1958 who revlutionized the church by convening the Second Vatican Council. He set the tone for the Council by speaking of the need for "updating" or aggiornamento, :opening the windows" of the church, and responding to the "signs of the times".
There is a short introduction and helpful commentary, selected writings, prayers and devotions, and sayings from his "Journal of a Soul".
2008 pb 192pp R187.00




THE VISION OF JOHP PAUL II
Assessing his thought and influence
Genard Mannion, Editor

Moving beyond the scope of so many other books on this long-serving pontiff, this volume seeks to fill a gap by focusing on his lasting influence on on pressing issues facing the church: social justice, women's roles, collegiality, ecumenism, interreligious dialogue. Contributors include: Michael Walsh, Paul McPartlan, Gerard Mannion, Judith Merkle, Jim Voiss, Charles Curran, Susan Rakoczy, Paul Lakeland, Gemma Simmons, and Peter Phan.
2008 pb 287pp R445.00