Oscar Romero

Oscar Romero
Archbishop of San Salvador and Martyr
by Fr Ashley Beck

Gunned down while saying Mass at the height of political and social unrest in El Salvador, Oscar Romero has remained a controversial and often misunderstood figure. Fr Beck shows how he was not martyred for political activism, or simply for being 'on the side of the poor', but for his faithfulness to Christ and his Church. Romero's impressive body of teaching, his own personal holiness, and sufferings, are thoroughly explored here, and clearly illustrate what - as Pope Benedict has said - 'an important witness to the faith' he truly was.

Fr Ashley Beck is Assistant Priest of Beckenham in the Archdiocese of Southwark.

Size: 150mm x 105mm (6 x 4 inches approx.) 76 pages
Product Code: B700
Price: 1.95


Pedro Poveda

Pedro Poveda
Priest, Educationalist, Founder and Martyr
Compiled & Edited by Bernadette Lally

In July 1936, hardly two weeks into the Spanish civil war, the bullet ridden body of a 61-year-old priest was found by his friends near Madrid. Pedro Poveda, canonised by John Paul II in 2003, was no ordinary priest: a truly gifted educationalist and founder of the hugely popular Teresian Association, he lived a deeply radical Christian life. His inspiring life and the excellent and highly relevant educational principles he developed are all examined here.

Size: 150mm x 105mm (6 x 4 inches approx.) 48 pages
Product Code: B699
Price: 1.95


Gianna Molla

Gianna Molla
Mother, Doctor & Martyr
by Jean Olwen Maynard

Gianna Molla died putting her child's life before her own. What could inspire in someone such selfless courage and love? The cancerous growth in her womb had been detected early in the pregnancy, but Gianna opted for an operation which, if successful at all, would put herself, rather than her unborn child at risk. Her child lived, but Gianna died a week after the birth, filled with joy at this new life. Her testimony to a 'love beyond death' - the powerful love of Christ - still resonates loud and clear today. Gianna was declared a saint on 16 May 2004.

Size: 150mm x 105mm (6 x 4 inches approx.) 76 pages
Product Code: B660
Price: 1.95


Edith Stein

Edith Stein,
Marcel Callo, and Titus Brandsma
Victims of the Nazis
By Monk Matthew, M.N.L. Couve de Murville, and Hugh Clarke

Truly inspiring accounts of three victims of the Nazi regime during the Second World War.

Marcel Callo, a young Frenchman, was a printer's apprentice and engaged to be married. Edith Stein was a Carmelite nun who had converted from the Jewish faith as a young woman. Titus Brandsma came from a farming family in Holland and later became a Carmelite friar. Each refused to condone the evil of a wicked political system, living and dying for their faith in the freedom of Christ. Pope John Paul II sees the Twentieth Century Church as a Church of Martyrs whose witness must not be forgotten. These moving stories of ordinary people cannot fail to refresh our faith.

Size: 150mm x 105mm (6 x 4 inches approx.) 88 pages
Product Code: B509
Price: 1.95


Maximilian Kolbe

Maximilian Kolbe,
Franz Jagerstatter, Karl Leisner, Rupert Mayer
Victims of the Nazis
by Mary Craig, Bruce Kent, M. N. L. Couve de Murville, and Paul Riesterer, SJ

The stories of four people whose hope and faith bore fruit amidst the darkest times of this century.

Maximilian Kolbe was a Polish Franciscan priest; Franz Jagerstatter a young Austrian farmer with a wife and three young daughters. Karl Leisner grew up in Germany in the years Hitler rose to power. Rupert Mayer had met Hitler in the political arena in 1919 and quickly realised that a German Catholic could never be a Nazi. Their lives were inextricably sucked into the tentacles of the evil men can do. Each refused to condone a wicked political system, so raising up the light of Christ crucified and risen in the total darkness. Pope John Paul II invites us never to forget these modern martyrs of our own time.

Size: 150mm x 105mm (6 x 4 inches approx.) 88 pages
Product Code: B449
Price: 1.95


Maria Goretti

Maria Goretti
Teenage Martyr
by Glynn MacNiven-Johnston

Why would a Teenager defend her personal integrity only to suffer appalling violence, and then forgive her killer?

In 1902 in an Italian village a young girl, Maria Goretti, was murdered during a sexual attack. Her killer, Alessandro Serenelli, himself a teenager, was a close neighbour well known to her and her family. He had been threatening her for some time. What does it mean, how can it help, to say that she is a virgin and martyr? This is an often misunderstood and sentimentalised story. When many parents and teenagers strive for a balanced view of sexuality, of personal integrity, of Christian family life, and forgiveness to those who do irreparable harm, Maria's story speaks powerfully and authentically. It echoes John Paul's cry to today's youth - Do not be afraid to be saints!

Size: 150mm x 105mm (6 x 4 inches approx.) 32 pages
Product Code: B398
Price: 1.95