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  • Despite flaws, book offers fair assessment of Francis' papacy so far

    "To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism" by Ross Douthat. Simon and Schuster (New York, 2018). 235 pp., $26. New York Times columnist Ross Douthat has become one of the leading Catholic commentators on the Francis papacy, and this book, being released around the papacy's fifth anniversary, serves well as both an overview of the pope's accomplishments and a sometimes critical commentary on them.

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  • Book offers fascinating look at 20th-century feminist, contemplative

    "Edith Stein: The Life and Legacy of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross" by Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda. Sophia Institute Press (Manchester, New Hampshire, 2017). 221 pp., $15.95. Edith Stein, who eventually became Carmelite Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, is not well known as saints go but is becoming better known, thanks to books like this one. Author Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda has given her readers a clear and readable introduction to this fascinating figure of 20th-century Catholicism, while intriguing us with some parallel historical figures.

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  • Faith shines through as bishop recounts grim captivity in Iraq

    "Abducted in Iraq: A Priest in Baghdad" by Saad Sirop Hanna, with Edward S. Aris. University of Notre Dame Press (Notre Dame, Indiana, 2017). 169 pp., $25. "You don't hate us, do you?" One of Father Sirop Hanna's captors asked that question as the young Chaldean Catholic priest's monthlong captivity in Iraq came to an end.

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