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In India, cardinals praise new book by CWN contributor

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Feb 11, 2013

Cardinal Fernando Filoni, the prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Evangelization, led the chorus of praise for a new book by frequent CWN contributor Anto Akkara. Cardinal Telesphore Toppo referred to the book as “prophetic.”

The book, Early Christians of 21st Century, recounts the amazing stories of Christians who suffered through the spasm of anti-Christian violence in India’s Orissa state in 2008. Forced to flee into the jungles of the Kandhamal region, these courageous Christians not only maintained their faith, but became powerful witnesses for the faith and drew many people to Christ.

Unfortunately this powerful book is not yet available in the US. (Interested publishers, feel free to contact me for more information.) But a chapter from Early Christians of 21st Century, adapted by the author, is included in my own forthcoming book, When Faith Goes Viral, a collection of reports on successful evangelization in the 21st century.

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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