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  • Papal biographer outlines pope's efforts to make major changes in church

    "Wounded Shepherd: Pope Francis and His Struggle to Convert the Catholic Church" by Austen Ivereigh. Henry Holt and Company (New York, 2019). 401 pp., $30. When it comes to interpreting Pope Francis, Austen Ivereigh is often the go-to guy. After the pope's election in 2013, Ivereigh was quick out of the gate with a 2014 biography, "The Great Reformer." In "Wounded Shepherd," Ivereigh chronicles the pope's seven-year effort to make major changes in how the church acts, thinks, and bureaucratically administers doctrine and practice.

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  • Volume on early church offers fine beginning to historical series

    "The Early Church (33-313): St. Peter, the Apostles and Martyrs" by James L. Papandrea. Ave Maria Press (Notre Dame, Indiana, 2019). 125 pp., $16.95. "The Early Church" is the first in a series of books on "Reclaiming Catholic History." The seven books in the series will recreate for general readers the experiences and development of the church through the periods of the Roman Empire, the Dark and Middle Ages, the Reformation, the Enlightenment and into modern times.

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  • Book to aid parents find best school leaves out Catholic school option

    "The School Choice Roadmap: 7 Steps to Finding the Right School for Your Child" by Andrew Campanella. Beaufort Books (New York, 2020). 269 pp., $14.95. Andrew Campanella had worked in education policy since 2004 and had talked to hundreds of parents about their experiences with their children's school. However, talking to a parent in Kansas City, Missouri, set him thinking in a new direction.

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