Free ebook: Sermons on Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Blessed Mother, by Cardinal Wiseman

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  • Sermons on Our Lord Jesus Christ: and on His Blessed Mother, 2nd edition, by [Nicholas Patrick] Cardinal Wiseman (Dublin, London: James Duffy, 1866). With Imprimatur from Henry Edward Manning. May be read online, and available in pdf, epub, mobi, and other formats, at Internet Archive, with a 2nd copy at Internet Archive. The 1st edition (Dublin, London: James Duffy, 1864) is also available at Internet Archive.

On the Feast of the Circumcision of our Lord Jesus Christ and the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (Roman Rite), which is New Year’s Day 2020. For other online texts and legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject).

“And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary, his mother: Behold, this child is set for the ruin, and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted. And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that out of many hearts thoughts may be revealed.” (St. Luke ii, 34-35)

Online audio & ebook: “Apostolic Exhortation to Husbands and Wives, Mothers and Fathers”, by Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted

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For the Feast of the Holy Family, 2019 in the Roman Rite. For other online texts and legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject).

Free ebook: “Answer to Difficulties in the Books of the New Testament”, by Rev. John Thein

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  • The Bible and Rationalism; or, Answer to Difficulties in the Books of the New Testament, by Rev. John Thein (St. Louis, Mo.: B. Herder, 1901). Part 3 of 4. With Imprimatur. Available in pdf, epub, mobi, and other formats at Internet Archive , with a second copy at Internet Archive and Open Library. [N.B. This Open Library index page incorrectly contains the image of Part IV.]’

On the Pope St. Damasus I in the Roman Rite. For related ebooks and texts concerning the holy and inspired Scriptures, see the Project’s page Bibles and Commentaries. For other online texts and legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject).

 

Online text: “The Walking Nun’s Siouxland Journey and Experiences in Nursing (1890-1965)”, by Diane L. Smith

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On the Feast of St. Martin of Tours, and in remembrance of Venerable Sister Mary Catherine McAuley. For other online texts and legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject).

“The word of Jesus Christ is fruitful, it stirs many souls to dedication and fidelity. The life and conduct of those who serve God have changed history. Even many of those who do not know our Lord are motivated, perhaps unconsciously, by ideals which derive from Christianity.” (Saint Josemaria Escriva, Christ is Passing By)

Online ebook & audio: “Crimes of the Communist Regimes”, by Jiří Liška et al.

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  • Albanian Catholic Bulletin (Buletini Katholik Shqiptar), Vol. 6 (Santa Clara, California: Albanian Catholic Information Center, 1985). In 108 pages. Available at the Gleeson Library Digital Collections. [N.B., This issue commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Communist persecution of Catholic Albanians.]
  • Chronicle of the Catholic Church in Lithuania, No. 10: Struggle for Survival (Maspeth, Long Island, New York: The Lithuanian Roman Catholic Priests’ League). With a letter to the Lithuanian people from Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty dated “75 02 22” or 22 February 1975, which only appears on the pdf copy. May be read online on this page and available in pdf format on this page at Chronicle of the Catholic Church in Lithuania. [N.B., The title of the Chronicle in Lithuanian appears to be Lietuvos Katalikų Bažnyčios Kronika. In English it contains the subtitle: Translation of Authentic First-Hand Reports from Soviet-Occupied Lithuania.]
  • “Communist Interrogation and Indoctrination of ‘Enemies of the State’: Analysis of Methods Used by the Communist State Police (A Special Report)”, by Lawrence E. Hinkle Jr., M.D. and Harold G. Wolff, M.D. Reprinted from the AMA [American Medical Association ] Archives of Neurology and Psychiatry, vol. 76, no. 2 (1956), pp.: 115-174. Available in pdf format (on this page) at the Central Intelligence Agency Library (“Approved For Release 2000/09/06”) [N.B., This is evidently not a Catholic Christian source, but it contains information on methods used against Catholics like Cardinal Mindszenty, and notes that Catholics were particularly targeted by Communist regimes.]
  • Crimes against Humanity under Communist Regimes: Research Review, by Klas-Göran Karlsson and Michael Schoenhals (Stockholm: Forum for Living History, 2008). Available in pdf format at the Forum for Living History (Forum för levande historia).
  • Crimes Committed by Totalitarian Regimes: Crimes and Other Gross and Large Scale Human Rights Violations Committed during the Reign of Totalitarian Regimes in Europe: Cross-National Survey of Crimes Committed and of Their Remembrance, Recognition, Redress, and Reconciliation: Reports and Proceedings of the 8 April European Public Hearing on “Crimes Committed by Totalitarian Regimes”, Organised by the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (January–June 2008) and the European Commission, edited by Peter Jambrek (Ljubljana: Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, 2008). The “draft before final editing” is available in pdf format at the Republic of Slovenia Ministry of Justice, at Academia.edu, and at the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.
  • “The Crimes of the Communist Regime in Hungary: National Report”, compiled by János M. Rainer. Available in pdf format (through this page) at the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes. Part of the larger work Crimes of the Communist Regimes: Proceedings of an International Conference Held in Prague, 24-26 February 2010.
  • Encyclical Letter “Iniquis Afflictisque” on the Persecution of the Church in Mexico, by Pope Pius XI (18 November 1926). Available at the Holy See.
  • “Reflections on Communism Twenty Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall”, by Paul Hollander (Development Policy Analysis No. 11, November 2, 2009) (Washingto, D.C.: Cato Institute, 2009). Available in pdf format (on this page) at the Cato Institute.

For the observance of the National Day for the Victims of Communism in the United States of America. For other online texts and legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject)particularly our index page Anti-Catholicism and Persecution.

“[M]illions… were killed in anonymity by Communism’s brutal hand. They include innocent Ukrainians starved to death in Stalin’s Great Famine; or Russians killed in Stalin’s purges; Lithuanians and Latvians and Estonians loaded onto cattle cars and deported to Arctic death camps of Soviet Communism. They include Chinese killed in the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution; Cambodians slain in Pol Pot’s Killing Fields; East Germans shot attempting to scale the Berlin Wall in order to make it to freedom; Poles massacred in the Katyn Forest; and Ethiopians slaughtered in the “Red Terror”; Miskito Indians murdered by Nicaragua’s Sandinista dictatorship; and Cuban balseros who drowned escaping tyranny. We’ll never know the names of all who perished, but… we have an obligation to those who died, to acknowledge their lives and honor their memory…

“[W]e recall the great lessons of the Cold War: that freedom is precious and cannot be taken for granted; that evil is real and must be confronted; and that given the chance, men commanded by harsh and hateful ideologies will commit unspeakable crimes and take the lives of millions.”

(President George W. Bush, Dedication of Victims of Communism Memorial)

Free ebook: “Prayers for the Faithful Departed”, by a Father of the Society of Jesus

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  • Prayers for the Faithful Departed, in Honour of the Three-and-Thirty Years of Our Lord’s Life, by a Father of the Society of Jesus, reprinted from the first edition, 1641, edited by Edward G.K. Browne (London, 1860). May be read online, and available in mobi, epub, pdf, and other formats, at Internet Archive.

On the Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed in the Roman Rite. For other online texts and legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject).

Free ebook: “The Book of Saints”, by the Benedictine Monks of St. Augustine’s Abbey

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  • The Book of Saints: A Dictionary of Servants of God Canonized by the Catholic Church, Extracted from the Roman & Other Martyrologies, compiled by the Benedictine Monks of St. Augustine’s Abbey, Ramsgate (London: A. & C. Black, Ltd., 1921). With Imprimatur. May be read online, and available in mobi, epub, pdf, and other formats, at Internet Archive and Open Library, and available at Hathitrust Digital Library.

On the Feast of All Saints in the Roman Rite. For other online texts and legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject).

Online audiobook & ebook: “The Christian Constitution of States”, by Pope Leo XIII

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On the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite; on the anniversary of the Vision of the Emperor Constantine; and on the secular observance of the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage. For other online texts and legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject).

Free ebook: Commentary on St. Luke, collected out of the Fathers by St. Thomas Aquinas, translated by St. John Henry Newman

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“Many have been at pains to set forth the history of what time has brought to fulfilment among us, following the tradition of those first eye-witnesses who gave themselves up to the service of the word. And I too, most noble Theophilus, have resolved to put the story in writing for thee as it befell, having first traced it carefully from its beginnings, that thou mayst understand the instruction thou hast already received, in all its certainty.” (St. Luke i, 1-4)

Online text: “The Vocation and the Mission of the Lay Faithful”, by Pope John Paul II (with related texts)

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  • Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation “Christifideles Laici” on the Vocation and the Mission of the Lay Faithful in the Church and in the World, by Pope John Paul II, December 30, 1988. May be read online ar the Holy See and at IntraText.

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On the Feast of Saint Gerald of Aurillac; and on the occassion of the canonization of John Henry Cardinal Newman. For more legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject).