who is He?

Source: Crisis Magazine

K. V. Turley reviews a series of films about the mysterious Turin Shroud…

It was sometime in the late 1970s—or was it the early 1980s? The priest in charge marched us to the school’s lecture theatre where we were soon plunged into darkness as a large screen lit up.

This was no Hollywood fare, however, but a film about the Turin Shroud. To this day, I can remember sitting there, mesmerized by what looked and sounded like any well-made television documentary but which seemed to suggest that the relic was more, much more, than merely an object of piety.

The film in question was The Silent Witness (1978).

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a handmade, playful feel

Source: Ignatius Press Novels

How do artists approach designing a book cover? In this article, John Herreid explains what he did to complete his illustration for the front cover of Ignatius Press’s edition of Chesterton’s The Flying Inn.

As part of the preparation for designing the book cover for a novel, I always read the manuscript first. An early pet peeve of mine when I was a child was getting a book out from the library based on an intriguing cover illustration and discovering that the content didn’t match at all. So now, as an adult, I always read the book first before designing. Hopefully I’ve avoided disappointing readers!

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a new order was slowly born

Source: Crisis Magazine

K. V. Turley finds St. Thomas More via London Bridge.

If you stand on London Bridge and look east you will see the Tower of London.

It was on a small hill behind the Tower that, in 1535, St. Thomas More was beheaded.

Thereafter, his head was taken to London Bridge and placed upon a spike for all who came and went across that bridge to gaze upon. A month or so after the execution, Margaret, More’s daughter, was rowed up the Thames, from the now desolate family home in Chelsea, to London Bridge to ask for her father’s head. Soon after, clutching this relic of her dead father, the daughter drifted downstream in a barge away from the bridge and its awful memories. It was not the first time a martyr had been so dealt with. St. John Fisher had had his head impaled on the same bridge. It was strangely fitting that the ending of the old order should be played out upon this bridge.

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‘It’s that man’

Source: Catholic World Report

K. V. Turley visits Brendan Rogers, a man who is bringing Padre Pio to Belfast in a very special way.

The car sped through Belfast, past political slogans, past houses haunted by death, past the ghosts of the slain whose blood still cries out for vengeance, on it drove.

My memory shifted to some of those who had been killed in the decades of violence that were known simply as The Troubles. The man shot through a back window as he knelt with his wife praying their nightly Rosary; another kidnapped outside a church as he went to evening devotions, later to be tortured and killed; the policeman murdered as he left Sunday Mass with his family; the handicapped woman executed and dumped in a trash can. Evil has held sway on the streets of Belfast, more openly perhaps than in other cities. These thoughts flitted through my mind as the car drove ever upwards to the mountain that overlooks the city.

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it is also penetrating in its directness

Source: Catholic Exchange

In this short article, K. V. Turley reviews Mother Angelic on Suffering and Burnout by the foundress of EWTN.

An image comes to mind.

It is of a car wreck aflame on the side of the road in a desert landscape.

Beneath the burning sky, forlorn, desolate, the wreck stands alone.

As terrifying as this image is, and, perhaps, as mysterious, it may be surprising to learn that it was one conjured into my mind whilst reading a book by Mother Angelica.

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to know and understand

Source: Catholic World Report

At the start of September, K. V. Turkey took a walk in Soho with Catholic convert Sally Read; now, he interviews her…

Sally Read, who is English and now lives in Italy with her husband and family, is the author of several collections of poetry as well as the memoir Night’s Bright Darkness: A Modern Conversion Story, which is a beautifully written and often startling account of her journey from atheism to Catholicism. She recently corresponded with CWR about being a poet, the craft of writing, influences, and favorite authors.

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rows and rows of empty seats in the court reserved for the press

Source: Crisis Magazine

K. V. Turley reviews A new book Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer by Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer – the story of a tragedy that the media seemed to want to ignore.

The name Kermit Gosnell is now relatively well known.

It should, of course, be better known.

He is after all one of the worst serial killers in the history of the United States. He was an abortionist and it is alleged that this fact alone has contributed to the media committing an astonishing act of indifference in the reporting of his trial and the subsequent crimes it revealed.

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