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Last-minute Christmas gift suggestion

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Dec 18, 2013

Having trouble thinking of an appropriate Christmas gift for a good Catholic friend? Let me immodestly suggest A Call to Serve, a book that I co-authored. It retells the story of the surprise resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the election of Pope Francis.

There’s a quick assessment of Pope Benedict’s legacy, and a short biography of Pope Francis. The whole book is lavishly illustrated: the photos are beautiful (I’m not bragging; I had nothing to do with them). Since Pope Francis has captured the public imagination, people will want to know more about him. Here’s a pleasant way to begin.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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