The Church

Unlocking the Secrets to the Places Catholics Call Home

By Donald Wuerl, Cardinal; Mike Aquilina
(Image, Hardcover, 9780770435516, 227pp.)

Publication Date: March 5, 2013

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From the bestselling authors of The Mass, an insightful and practical guide that explores the architectural and spiritual components of the Catholic Church.

Your local church is not only a physical place, but a spiritual home. In this thought-provoking book, Wuerl and Aquilina illuminate the importance of the Church in its many guises and examine the theological ideas behind the physical structure of churches, cathedrals, and basilicas. How is a church designed? What is the function of the altar? What does the nave represent? What is the significance of the choir loft? With eloquent prose and elegant black-and-white photography, these questions and many more will lead to answers that illuminate the history and practicality of Catholic life.

About the Author
Cardinal Donald Wuerl is the Archbishop of Washington and the author or coauthor of The Church: Unlocking the Secrets to the Places Catholics Call Home, New Evangelization: Passing on the Catholic Faith Today, and The Mass: The Glory, the Mystery, the Tradition.

Mike is author or editor of more than a dozen books on Catholic history, doctrine, devotion and Church Fathers. He is vice president of the "St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology" based in Steubenville, Ohio.

Mike is co-host, with "Scott Hahn", of The Lamb s Supper (2001), Hail, Holy Queen (2002), First Comes Love (2003), Lord, Have Mercy (2004), and Swear to God (2005) all airing on EWTN. He also appears regularly as a panelist on "\"The Weekly Roman Observer\" "broadcast by "Catholic Familyland Network."

Mike\'s career in publishing spans two decades, and hundreds of his articles have appeared in many periodicals and journals in the United States and abroad.
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