101 Surprising Facts About Church History

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Fr. David Vincent Meconi, S.J.
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  • 101 Surprising Facts About Church History
  • An enjoyable, delightful read
  • Filled with large, glossy images
  • The perfect coffee-table book
  • Interesting for Catholics and non-Catholics
The Catholic Church is the longest-standing and the most universal of all institutions. The contributions made by Catholic men and women over the past 2000 years are most impressive, from a properly functioning calendar to the inventions of many things that we all take for granted today.
In 101 Surprising Facts About Church History, Fr. Meconi, SJ walks readers through the most amazing achievements of Christ's Body on earth. From economic and mercantile developments to scientific and astronomical advances, from the cataloging of zoological and botanical species to the cherishing of beautiful music and fine arts, Fr. Meconi shows you why the Catholic Church stands as the greatest promoter of human culture and knowledge.
Did you know:
  • A Catholic priest held the first insights into the "Big Bang" theory well before anyone else?
  • The first prototype of today's moving robots was found in a medieval monastery?
  • Many types of food and drink have their origins within the Church, including cappuccino, sparkling wine, and pretzels
  • The Holy Bible was the first work of the Gutenberg Press
  • The Church has patron saints for all sorts of things, including headaches, ugliness, fireworks, hangovers, and television
Fr. Meconi's 101 Surprising Facts About Church History takes you through 2,000 years of amazing achievements and contributions by the Church and her many sons and daughters. Beautifully illustrated and chronologically arranged, this work is a reliable guide through centuries of Church figures, facts, and fun.
  • Dimensions: 8.5" x 11"

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  • 5 Nov 30th 2018

    Nice book- interesting- good pictures- would have liked a hard-cover edition better to set out as a "coffee table book." But would still recommend.


  • 5 Jan 26th 2018
    101 surprising facts about church history

    Excellent details I had not been aware...great resource to strengthens one's faith in solidifying my knowledge to best defend our Faith.

    ricardo newball

  • 5 Jan 26th 2018
    101 Surprising About the Church History

    The pictures are beautiful and there is just enough information to encourage you towards more research. I am now going to give them to my granddaughters for them to enjoy.


  • 5 Jan 25th 2018

    The book is great for knowing facts about the church and its Holy history. All will not want to stop living in the Faith!


  • 5 Jan 25th 2018
    Church History

    Lovely and informative book. I will keep on the coffee table for all to look at.


  • 5 Aug 15th 2017
    101 Surprising Facts About Church History

    This was very interesting reading. Facts I didn't know. I am sharing the book with my friends. I share all my books with the Church ladies.


  • 5 Feb 13th 2017
    Interesting short facts

    They don't go into a lot of detail, but the facts presented offer an interesting quick summary that may inspire you to look further and quest for more information. Great pictures, too! I have this sitting on my coffee table, it's nice to flip through and the facts can help start conversations about the Church.


  • 5 Feb 10th 2017
    Beautiful book

    Superb book, high quality and very informative. The narrative is well written and the art work wonderful. Highly recommend this book!


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