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The Modern Catholic Encyclopedia combines a wealth of information with an attractive, easy-to-read format. It is an authoritative reference work for professionals, parishes, and families. Vatican II bequeathed to us new hopes, new dreams, new challenges; but above all, it gifted us with a fresh vision of the Church as a pilgrim people. This volume is an attempt to give a succinct and contemporary view of the beliefs, practices, and history of this people. It is edited for readers in English-speaking countries, drawn together by a common language and by shared pastoral concerns and challenges. Consequently, men and women from the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and Britain have written this work for a multinational readership. Its topics and themes have been chosen to meet the inquiries and religious curiosity of people today; therefore, emphasis is given to contemporary concerns and contemporary figures. Over 1,400 cross-referenced entries cover a wide range of subjects. The Modern Catholic Encyclopedia also includes over 250 illustrations, providing valuable visual information and adding to the attractiveness of this handsome volume.

"A succinct and contemporary view of the beliefs, practices, and history of Roman Catholics"--Provided by publisher.

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Editorial Reviews

A popular but authoritative reference providing a succinct, contemporary view of the beliefs, practices, and history of the modern Catholic Church and Catholic people, with an emphasis on the shared pastoral concerns of a multinational, English-speaking readership. It is a work of and for its time, as reflected in the great amount of attention devoted to contemporary men and women and to modern questions and problems (thus Thomas Merton receives greater attention than Thomas a Kempis, and the role of women in the Church today is treated in two lengthy entries). A 16-page glossy color section depicts the life of Jesus in sacred art from the 10th century to the present. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Although there is more than a 2,000 year history filled with ritual and traditions, over 1,400 succinct entries and 250 illustrations address the most common teachings of the Church. The Modern Catholic Encyclopedia would make an excellent resource for middle or high school classrooms as well as for college students. This book should be on the shelf of every Catholic school, elementary through college, as an informational resource. It would be useful for everything from researching reports to evangelizing the most universal teachings of the Church, to establishing a strong foundation for catechesis.
Catholic Education

Intellectually, it is first-rate.
Reference Reviews

The Modern Catholic Encyclopedia will be useful in any parish, high school, or college library. This handy volume could accompany gifts of a Catholic Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church for all those enrolled in the RCIA programs. There are few peers that would be as informative in showing the breadth and depth of the tradition.
Catholic Library World

An added bonus for professors and students is its affordable price.
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I highly recommend The Modern Catholic Encyclopedia for libraries and parish centers, as well as colleges and universities.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814659625
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 928
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Entries ix
Introduction xix
Acknowledgments xxi
Abbreviations xxiii
Entries 1
Contributors 889
List of Illustrations 895
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