Rome. The new book I Santi Cappuccini. Umili lavoratori nella vigna del Signore (The Capuchin Saints: Humble Workers in the Lord’s Vineyard) has just been published. (Edizioni Palumbi di Teramo, edited by the Capuchin Office of the General Postulator, 224 pages, € 15.00) It covers the sixteen Capuchin saints whom the Church has glorified by canonization, up until the most recent, St. Angelo of Acri, canonized on October 15, 2017. The book is the fruit of various contributions coming together. After the preface by Cardinal Angelo Comastri, Vicar General of the Vatican City State and the introduction by Br. Carlo Calloni, General Postulator of the Capuchin Order, there follows a brief but rich compendium on the “luminous points of Capuchin spirituality” by Br. Costanzo Cargnoni, a distinguished specialist on the topic. The volume then proceeds in fourfold manner: each saint has a kind of ‘datasheet’ by Rosa Giorgi, Director of the Museum of Capuchin Cultural Heritage in Milan, who ‘reads’ an original icon of the saint by the young artist Barnaba Canali, a brief biographical profile by Br. Giovanni Spagnolo, and a spiritual reading by the biblical scholar Br. Ubaldo Terrinoni. The volume presents the saints in this way, in its elegant binding, as a manual for getting to know the stream of holiness that, even from its beginnings, has run through the Capuchin Order and means to offer to all who read the biographies of the saints, “a little glimpse of Christ reflected in their lives,” as the General Postulator himself writes in the introduction.
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