Monday, May 24, 2021

Six Popes By Monsignor Hilary C. Franco

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A Son of the Church Remembers

By Monsignor Hilary C. Franco

Advisor at the Permanent Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations

 Eyewitness to 60 Years of Catholic History

SIX POPES: A Son of the Church Remembers is Monsignor Hilary C. Franco's engaging memoir and a story only a son can tell - a son not only of the Catholic Church, but also of Italian immigrants. From Belmont, his Bronx neighborhood, Franco rose to work with the highest and most influential figures of the Roman Catholic Church.

From John XXIII to Francis, few clergy can claim the friendships Franco has had with the great Popes of modern times, including Paul VI, John Paul II and Benedict. As a young man, he attended Rome's premier seminary, soon after becoming the special assistant to Archbishop Fulton Sheen, America's most influential Catholic and famed television host.

Monsignor Franco will tell you:

·    When he felt the calling to join the priesthood;

·    About his special friendship with Mother Teresa;

·    About his front row seat to major socio-political events such as the civil rights movement, political assassinations, the Cold War, and genocides;

·    Whether there is a characteristic common to the Six Popes;

·    About the biggest challenge facing the Catholic Church; and

·    How he feels about the post-COVID future.

As a priest, Monsignor Franco would travel the world, and he recounts a harrowing experience in the Deep South in the early 1960s, his work at the Vatican Councils that redefined the Church, and his time posted at the Church's diplomatic missions in Washington, D.C., and the United Nations. This most formidable churchman reveals his tales of intellectual, pastoral, and diplomatic service to the Catholic Church, enlivened by recollections of the fascinating people he came to know - from U.S. presidents and foreign heads of state, to religious leaders like Padre Pio and Saint Mother Teresa. The title of his current role, Advisor at the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations, gives little hint of the drama of the times he recollects.

SIX POPES: A Son of the Church Remembers is written from a unique eyewitness vantage on many of the events and movements that shaped our world and the Catholic Church. There is really no other book like it.

"Monsignor Franco is known as an engaging storyteller

of his impactful time in the Church."


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Monsignor Hilary C. Franco, STD, JCL, MA (SOC) (NEW YORK, NY) is Advisor at the Permanent Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations. Franco was ordained a priest in Rome at 22 and received a doctorate in biblical theology before the age of 24 from the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. He attended Fordham University in New York, where he earned a master's degree in sociology. Later, he earned another degree in canon law at the Lateran University. He is the author of Bishop Sheen: Mentor and Friend.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

We Will Not Be SILENCED By Dr. Erwin Lutzer




Responding Courageously to Our Culture's

Assault on Christianity

By Dr. Erwin Lutzer

It has been impossible to miss Dr. Erwin Lutzer's urgent message to conservatives as his book We Will Not Be Silenced: Responding Courageously to Our Culture's Assault on Christianity has sold more than 135,000 copies since its release. He's also been featured widely on conservative media, reminding those worried about the country's increasing secularism that they are called to be light in a darkening world.

Every day, it seems American society is falling further away from Christian values and common decency and Christians are left unsure of how to respond. In We Will Not Be Silenced, Dr. Lutzer equips readers with the truth of Scripture to help live out their convictions against a growing tide of hostility.

In We Will Not Be Silenced, you'll learn about:

·    A survey of the forces that seek to dismantle the core values that built up America;

·    The strategies being used to delegitimize our Judeo-Christian past in order to make way for a wholly secular and Godless society;

·    How harmful cultured ideologies are keeping the races in perpetual, endless conflict;

·    The growing trend to stifle and shame those who uphold conservative or Christian worldviews;

·    How propaganda is used to shape a population's perception of reality so they will not change their minds even when confronted by compelling counterevidence;

·    How school curricula and popular culture are leading our children into sexual confusion and warped ideas of personal identity;

·    Why socialism is initially attractive yet ultimately leads to failure, and how capitalism can create wealth that furthers Christian work everywhere;

·    Why and how two very different worldviews are willing to set aside their differences to eradicate Christianity and capitalism; and

·    How disagreements today are no longer resolved with mutual respect and civility, but through shaming and outrageous denunciations.

In We Will Not Be Silenced, Dr. Lutzer prepares you to live out your convictions against a growing tide of hostility. Gain a better understanding of nonbelievers' legitimate hurts and concerns regarding issues like racism, sexism, and poverty - and identify the toxic responses secular culture disguises as solutions. In the process, you'll see how you can show compassion and gentleness to those outside of the faith without affirming their beliefs. We Will Not Be Silenced will ready you to move beyond fear and boldly accept the challenge of representing Christ to a watching world that needs Him now more than ever before.

"This book examines every cultural issue we are facing," writes pastor David Jeremiah in the foreword of Lutzer's new book. "Nothing is left out. It addresses diversity issues, racial issues, gender issues, social justice issues, media issues, issues of free speech, and issues rooted in socialism and Marxism. Most importantly, it covers issues related to the church and how it is responding to all of this."

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer is pastor emeritus of The Moody Church, where he served as the senior pastor for 36 years. He is an award-winning author of One Minute After You Die and Hitler's Cross, as well as the featured speaker on radio programs heard on more than 750 national and international outlets.