Inside Catholicism presents the ritual practices and icons of the Catholic church in a new light that focuses on the sacred path that lies beneath the historic edifice. Drawing on the rich archives of Christian art and iconography, Inside Catholicism is an introductory primer on Catholic practice, as well as a stunning visual record of the faith. Inside Catholicism is designed to be an invaluable tool for anyone who wishes to examine or reexamine the world's largest single denomination.
Inside Catholicism follows the global reach of the church; from a somber soldier's mass in Sarajevo to a churchyard in Guatemala, where the Quich, Maya celebrate their unique blend of Catholic and native rituals. You'll visit Pope John Paul II in the painted halls of the Vatican, and a group of nuns as they feed the homeless in San Francisco. Through the camera lens, Inside Catholicism explores the faith of nearly a billion people, celebrating the sacraments, at prayer, on pilgrimage and in their communities.
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About the Author
Richard P. McBrien is Crowley-O'Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. Educated at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, he has also served as president of the Catholic Theological Society of America. A leading authority on Catholicism, he is the bestselling author of Catholicism, Lives of the Popes, and Lives of the Saints, as well as the general editor of The HarperCollins Encyclopedia of Catholicism. Most recently a consultant for ABC News, McBrien offers regular commentary on all the major television networks. He is also a prizewinning syndicated columnist in the Catholic press.