101 Surprising Facts About Church History & St. Peter's and the Vatican (2 Book Set)

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  • 2 Book Set
  • 101 Surprising Facts About Church History
  • The perfect Catholic coffee-table book
  • 101 Surprising Facts About St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican
  •  Uncovers the secrets and surprising facts about the Vatican City and its famous church
101 Surprising Facts About Church History:   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.     101 Surprising Facts About St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican:

The Vatican, comprised of the Apostolic Palace, St. Peter's Basilica, and various other buildings, serves as the headquarters of the Catholic Church. Thousands of Catholics flock to the Vatican and its iconic basilica each year. 

But what do you really know about this great basilica and the city that houses it?

  • Do you know where Pope Francis actually lives?
  • Do you know which pope was the first non-Italian pope since 1523 AD?
  • Did you know there were 265 popes before Pope Francis? (St. Peter being the first)

With beautiful and vivid images of St. Peter's and the Vatican, this is a great way to learn about this wonderful place.

Keep it on your coffee-table,  flip through it in the car while you wait to pick up the for kids, or have it on your nightstand for easy reading before bed. It's very informative and a great addition to any Catholic home.


Dimensions & Specifications:

 101 Surprising Facts About Church History:

  • Dimensions: 8.5" x 11"
  • ISBN: 9781618907332
  • Author: Fr. David Vincent Meconi, S.J.
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 108
  • Format: Softcover

101 Surprising Facts About St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican

  • 8½ x 11 inches
  • ISBN: 9781618906878
  • Format: Softcover
  • Pages: 101
  • Author: Fr. Jeffrey Kirby, S.T.L.


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101 Surprising Facts About Church History & St. Peter's and the Vatican (2 Book Set)