The Priest Media Center

‘A History of the Church in 100 Objects’

In his new book, author and TV host Mike Aquilina recounts the history of the Church through 100 objects of various sizes, shapes and locations. In the introduction to “A History of the Church in 100 Objects” (Ave Maria Press, $24.95), Aquilina notes that, “God made himself known and accessible through material things.”

The book begins exactly where it should, with the silver star marking the birth of Jesus at the Grotto of the Nativity in Bethlehem. From there, Aquilina takes his readers on a journey from the expected (relics of saints, artifacts of popes, etc.) to the unexpected (the door at Wittenberg where Martin Luther posted his 95 theses, the Declaration of Independence, the birth control pill). Aquilina breaks up the objects into seven categories: the Church of the Apostles and Martyrs; the Church and the Empire; the Dark Ages; the Middle Ages; Renaissance and Reformations; the Age of Revolutions; and the Global Village.

“A History of the Church in 100 Objects” is perfectly suited for the lives of busy priests, as it easily can be picked up, flipped through and put back down. And while some of the objects are familiar (the Pietà, St. Peter’s chains), many are not, giving readers a unique look at the vast antiquity of the Church in 100 digestible — and fascinating — bites.

The Catholic Answer

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Beginning in September, Our Sunday Visitor’s The Catholic Answer will offer a new weekly newsletter filled with catechetical and apologetics content that will help you and those around you — family, friends, parishioners, parish team members — to better understand and defend the Faith. The TCA newsletter is a great opportunity to have faithful, relevant content — from topics like same-sex marriage to in vitro fertilization to Marian devotion — delivered directly to your inbox. Go here to sign up: http://bit.ly/2boTrSD.

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In the fall of 2015, Catholic media veteran Deacon Greg Kandra moved his blog from Patheos.com to its current address at Aleteia.org, and while the location changed, the excellence in the content has not. Deacon Kandra, multimedia editor for Catholic Near East Welfare Association, continues to keep readers informed and entertained on all things Church related, but especially concerning news and events central to the mission of permanent deacons.

USCCB’s Respect Life Program

As the Church in the United States prepares to celebrate Respect Life Month throughout October, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops again has prepared a wealth of resources for parishes and other organizations to help spread the Church’s pro-life message. This year’s theme for Respect Life Month is “Be Not Afraid.”

As Catholics, we all are called to protect human life from the womb until natural death.

At USCCB.org/respectlife, priests and other parish and apostolate managers can find: books; prayers; posters; pastoral plans; Church documents; pregnancy resources; information on abortion, euthanasia, biotechnology; and much more.