Sixty Catholics Who Made the World Better


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.	Bede the Venerable: History	
7.	Bellarmine, Robert: Human Rights	
8.	Benedict of Nursia: Hospitals	
9.	Bosco, Giovanni: Urbanization	
10.	Brandsma, Titus: Freedom of Press	
11.	Cafasso, Joseph: Prisons	
12.	Camillus de Lellis: Red Cross	
13.	Canisius, Peter: The Catechism	
14.	Carrel, Alexis: Miracles	
15.	Catherine of Siena: Feminism	
16.	Chesterton, G. K.: Common Sense	
17.	Claver, Peter: Slave Trade	
18.	Constantine the Great: A Breakthrough	
19.	Copernicus, Nicolaus: Heliocentrism	
20.	Cyril and Methodius: The Vernacular	
21.	Damian de Veuster: Leprosy	
22.	Day, Dorothy: Social Justice	
23.	Dowling, Edward: Addictions	
24.	Drexel, Katharine: Human Diversity	
25.	Duhem, Pierre: Science Roots	
26.	Fabiola of Rome: Hospices	
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.	Javouhey, Anne-Marie: Rehabilitation	
41.	John Paul II: Communism	
42.	Justin the Martyr: Faith and Reason	
43.	Landsteiner, Karl: Blood Transfusions	
44.	Lemaître, Georges: Big Bang	
45.	Leo XIII: Social Teaching	
46.	Lewis, C.S.: Apologetics	
47.	Maritain, Jacques: Human Rights	
48.	McCorvey, Norma: Abortion	
49.	McLuhan, Marshall: Social Media	
50.	Mendel, Gregor: Genetics	
51.	More, Thomas: Religious Liberty	
52.	Pasteur, Louis: Micro-organisms	
53.	Paul of Tarsus: Apostle without Borders	
54.	Paul VI: Sexual Revolution	
55.	Pius XII: Not Hitler’s Pope	
56.	Ryan, John Augustan: Minimum Wage	
57.	Schumacher, E.F.: Small Is Beautiful	
58.	Semmelweis, Ignaz: Washing Hands	
59.	Teresa of Calcutta: Who Are the Poorest?	
60.	Thomas Aquinas: No Double Truth		


"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

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