Publishers Weekly Praises Book on John Paul II

WASHINGTON, D.C., SEPT. 2, 2003 ( Publishers Weekly reports that “John Paul II: A Light for the World” may be “the pick of the crop” when it comes to tributes marking the 25th anniversary of his pontificate.

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The publishing industry bible highlighted the book from Sheed & Ward in its Aug. 11 issue. It was produced in conjunction with the U.S. bishops’ conference and includes a forward by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

“This coffee table book, with memorable full-color images by official Vatican photographers and reflections by many people who have had personal encounters with John Paul may be the pick of the crop,” Publishers Weekly said. The bishops’ Web site carried a report on the coverage.

“A Light for the World” has 150-word personal remembrances from several church leaders including Cardinal Edward Egan of New York, Archbishop John Foley of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications and Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington.

The book’s pictures include moments from every visit to the United States, even the brief stops to refuel the papal plane in Anchorage and Fairbanks, in Alaska.

“A Light for the World” will be available through bookstores, on the Web or directly from the publisher, Sheed & Ward. Cost is $35.

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