Sixty Catholics Who Changed the World
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Summary

This book is about sixty Catholics who changed the world we live in now. Probably every religion or nation can come up with members who have 'changed' the world. Obviously, we mean that they have changed the world for the better.
Why only mention Catholics in this book, you may ask. Well, first of all, I am a Catholic myself, who is proud of what my fellow Catholics did for the world. Second, what they all have in common is that they were inspired by Jesus Christ to do for the world what they did - Jesus was their driving force with the Good News of the Gospel. Third, religion (or lack thereof) is an important part of what makes us who we are - including Catholicism. Fourth, the Catholic Church has a longstanding and outstanding tradition that makes for a powerful source of innovations for the world. The sixty Catholics mentioned in this book testify to it. Each one of them made a significant contribution.


Table of Contents


1.	Albert the Great: Science & Religion
2.	Alcuin of York: Schools	
3.	Angelica, Mary: Mass Communication	
4.	Anselm of Canterbury: Slavery	
5.	Athanasius of Alexandria: One God
6.	Barat, Madeleine-Sophie: Education of Women	
7.	Bede the Venerable: History	
8.	Bellarmine, Robert: Human Rights	
9.	Benedict of Nursia: Hospitals	
10.	Bosco, Giovanni: Urbanization	
11.	Brandsma, Titus: Freedom of Press	
12.	Cafasso, Joseph: Prisons	
13.	Camillus de Lellis: Red Cross	
14.	Canisius, Peter: The Catechism	
15.	Carrel, Alexis: Miracles	
16.	Catherine of Siena: Feminism	
17.	Chesterton, G. K.: Common Sense	
18.	Claver, Peter: Slave Trade	
19.	Constantine the Great: A Breakthrough	
20.	Copernicus, Nicolaus: Heliocentrism	
21.	Cyril and Methodius: The Vernacular	
22.	Damian de Veuster: Leprosy	
23.	Day, Dorothy: Social Justice	
24.	Dowling, Edward: Addictions	
25.	Drexel, Katharine: Human Diversity	
26.	Duhem, Pierre: Science Roots	
27.	Francis of Assisi: Mother Earth	
28.	Francis Xavier: Missionaries	
29.	Gonzalez, Roque: Jesuit Reductions	
30.	Greene, Graham: Novels	
	
31.	Gregory the Great: Papal Authority	
32.	Gregory VII: Church and State	
33.	Gregory XIII: Gregorian Calendar	
34.	Gutenberg, Johannes: Printing Press	
35.	Hieronymus, Eusebius: The Bible	
36.	Hildegard of Bingen: Using Talents	
37.	Ignatius of Antioch: Catholic or Christian?	
38.	Ignatius of Loyola: God’s Soldiers
39.	Isidore of Seville: Schooling	
40.	John Paul II: Communism	
41.	Justin the Martyr: Faith and Reason	
42.	Landsteiner, Karl: Blood Transfusions	
43.	Lemaître, Georges: Big Bang	
44.	Leo XIII: Social Teaching	
45.	Lewis, C.S.: Apologetics	
46.	Maritain, Jacques: Human Rights	
47.	McCorvey, Norma: Abortion	
48.	McLuhan, Marshall: Social Media	
49.	Mendel, Gregor: Genetics	
50.	More, Thomas: Religious Liberty	
51.	Pasteur, Louis: Micro-organisms	
52.	Paul of Tarsus: Apostle without Borders	
53.	Paul VI: Sexual Revolution	
54.	Pius XII: Not Hitler’s Pope	
55.	Ryan, John Augustan: Minimum Wage	
56.	Schumacher, E.F.: Small Is Beautiful	
57.	Semmelweis, Ignaz: Washing Hands
58.	Serra, Junipero: Being One of Them	
59.	Teresa of Calcutta: Who Are the Poorest?	
60.	Thomas Aquinas: No Double Truth		


Endorsements
 



"Taken from various times and places, we have here specifically Catholics who, in their works and lives, have improved the world in one way or another. Many good things need to be invented, begun, organized, or planned. We have here a welcome reflection on who such people are and what they did because of their Catholic outlook on the world."

James V. Schall, S.J.
Professor Emeritus, Georgetown University


Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson interviews Dr. Gerard Verschuuren concerning this book
on WCAT radio (June 24, 2020)

Listen to "Episode 43: Cynthia Toolin-Wilson interviews Gerard Verschuuren concerning his book 60 Catholics Who Changed the World (June 24, 2020)" on Spreaker.

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