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Walsh, Michael J. 1937-

Works: 49 works in 376 publications in 4 languages and 14,002 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Biography‡vDictionaries  History  Prayers and devotions  Dictionaries  Bibliography  Papal documents  Catechisms  Pictorial works  Bibliography of bibliographies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Compiler
Classifications: BX4654, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Michael J Walsh
Butler's Lives of the saints by Alban Butler( Book )

21 editions published between 1985 and 1995 in English and held by 1,539 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers the life and example of one saint for each day of the year
An illustrated history of the popes : Saint Peter to John Paul II by Michael J Walsh( Book )

11 editions published between 1980 and 1984 in English and German and held by 1,408 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dictionary of Christian biography by Michael J Walsh( Book )

16 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 727 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is a reference to those men and women of all denominations who have, over the last two millenia, contributed to the life, history and study of Christianity in all its facets, or in whose lives Christianity has been a significant factor. Entries are concise and accessible, although for key figures longer essays have been written. Its coverage ranges from major figures of the immediate post-New Testament era to those recently deceased, and has a global perspective, offering in-depth coverage of Africa, India, and China as well as Orthodoxy - Greek and Russian." "This reference work will prove essential in many contexts: for general readers interested in Church history and the study of the Christian faith, in libraries, and as a study aid for students, researchers and scholars."--Jacket
The Oxford dictionary of Popes by J. N. D Kelly( Book )

31 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and Spanish and held by 722 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This Who's Who gives an up-to-date biographical account of every pope in history - from St Peter to Pope Benedict XVI - in chronological order. It also covers their irregularly elected rivals, the 'antipopes', and an appendix discusses the tradition that there has been a female pope." "Each entry covers family, social background, pre-papal career, activities in office, and includes further reading."--Jacket
Warriors of the Lord : the military orders of Christendom by Michael J Walsh( Book )

13 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 639 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The great religious orders of Christianity--the Benedictines, the Dominicans, the Franciscans, the Jesuits--are well known for their monasteries, their learning, and their missions around the world. But in the Middle Ages and beyond, there was another kind of religious order whose profession it was to bear arms in defense of Christendom. This illustrated work tells the extraordinary story of the military orders of the Church. From their humble beginnings in the early twelfth century as caretakers of the sick and protectors of pilgrims to the Holy Land, military religious orders quickly expanded their numbers and goals. They not only fought for the holy places but also helped turn back the advance of Muslim armies into western Europe and aided the spread of Christianity to lands along the Baltic. The Knights of St. John, the Knights Templar, the Knights of Santiago and of Calatrava, the Teutonic Knights, and other formal military orders played a fearsome, sometimes brutal, but currently neglected role in the history of Christianity. Coupling a narrative with historic art, Michael Walsh examines the development, beliefs, spirituality, and cultural contributions of these determined soldier-monks. Walsh draws on a wide range of historical documents, introducing readers to the missions, lifestyles, writings, and buildings of the various military orders and highlighting their spiritual, intellectual, artistic, and educational legacies
The triumph of the meek : why early Christianity succeeded by Michael J Walsh( Book )

7 editions published in 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 607 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The conclave : a sometimes secret and occasionally bloody history of papal elections by Michael J Walsh( Book )

9 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 460 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1271, with the papal throne vacant for over two years, local officials locked the cardinals of the Catholic Church in a room, forcing them to select a new pope. From this inauspicious beginning arose the practice of the conclave, the highly secretive combination of rituals and politics designed to select a new leader for the world's Catholic population." "In The Conclave, Catholic historian Michael Walsh takes readers through the history of conclaves past, highlighting the vendettas, feuds, and political intrigues that have colored the selection of a new pontiff. An entertaining history of the secret deliberations, colorful stones, and even bloody events that surround the making and unmaking of popes, The Conclave is a great story, a great history and an important work for anyone interested in the papacy."--Jacket
Opus Dei : an investigation into the secret society struggling for power within the Roman Catholic Church by Michael J Walsh( Book )

23 editions published between 1989 and 2004 in English and French and held by 445 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"To its supporters Opus Dei is a spiritual organization dedicated to preserving Catholic orthodoxy in the face of modernist assault. To its detractors this highly secret society is "a church within the Church," promoting its own ecclcsiastical allegiances, preserving an antiquated set of spiritual and penitential practices (including the wearing of "instruments of mortification" like the cilice or spiked bracelet), and with some of its members supporting right-wing governments in Central and South America." "Michael Walsh, an eminent Catholic scholar and former Jesuit, investigates the hidden world of Opus Dei and describes its beginnings in Spain in 1928, its association with Franco's regime, the movement of its headquarters to Rome in 1947, and its development into a worldwide organization. Drawing upon interviews and previously unavailable documents, Walsh creates an intriguing and complex portrait of the movement's charismatic founder, the enigmatic Monsignor Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer." "Drawing a large percentage of its membership from the wealthy professional classes, Opus Dei is a relatively small organization that wields considerable power. In Spain, from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s, Generalissimo Francisco Franco chose a number of government ministers from the ranks of Opus." "Opus members do not wear any special kind of dress or badge. Even during Church occasions they are required not to present themselves as a group. A member will admit to belonging, but will not say who else belongs." ""Opus is not simply a new religious body," writes Walsh. "It is a new form of institution within the Roman Catholic Church." In 1982 Pope John Paul II granted the organization the status of "personal prelature," making it unique within the Catholic Church and for all practical purposes an autonomous entity. Opus members are now eager to have Monsignor Escriva, who died in 1975, declared a saint in order to consolidate their power within the Holy See."
The papacy by Paul Johnson( Book )

7 editions published between 1997 and 2005 in English and held by 415 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brings vividly to life the achievements and effects, historical and cultural, theological and geographical, of the See of Rome
Vatican City State by Michael J Walsh( Book )

12 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Proclaiming justice & peace : documents from John XXIII-John Paul II by Catholic Church( Book )

18 editions published between 1984 and 1991 in English and held by 385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains the ten documents which together constitute the most authoritative and most recent teaching of the Roman Catholic Church. In the twenty years 1963-1983, the moral dilemmas and choices facing our world have multiplied and become both urgent and more complex. The Popes have proclaimed the Christian perspective on these issues, responding to the signs of the times in the light of the Gospel and within the tradition of the social teaching of the Church. These materials treat of questions such as the organisation of the world of work, the relationship between worker and employer, the ownership of property; the rights and duties of individuals in society and of the state towards the individual and towards other states; the fundamental question of justice, particularly in relation to the third world countries in the 'North-South' confrontation; the search for peace
Commentary on the Catechism of the Catholic Church by Michael J Walsh( Book )

12 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Religious bibliographies in serial literature : a guide by Michael J Walsh( Book )

9 editions published in 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roman Catholicism : the basics by Michael J Walsh( Book )

19 editions published between 2005 and 2016 in English and held by 312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the basic ideas and terms, to its structures and practices, this book offers a plain-speaking introduction to Roman Catholicism." "With glossary, further reading sections and an appendix on the History of the Papacy, this is the perfect guide for anyone wanting to understand more about Roman Catholicism."--Jacket
Butler's lives of patron saints by Alban Butler( Book )

2 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A new dictionary of saints : east and west by Michael J Walsh( Book )

8 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is a unique publication. While there are many dictionaries of saints, none have attempted to list, in one alphabetical sequence, the many saints revered in the Churches of the East, among the Copts, for example, or in Ethiopia, in Russia or in Greece or in Syria and Armenia, as well as those known in the Western Church." "While entries are kept short, each contains, wherever possible, details of the birth, life and death of the saint (or blessed), the feast day on which the saint is celebrated and the particular tradition to which each belongs wherever he or she is not commemorated in the universal church." "Some 7,000 saints are listed, including a few who are mythical, but whose legendary lives have played an important part in Christian tradition, depicted in art or literature, or are important for popular devotion."--Jacket
Roots of Christianity by Michael J Walsh( Book )

12 editions published between 1986 and 1988 in German and English and held by 305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The cardinals : thirteen centuries of the men behind the papal throne by Michael J Walsh( Book )

10 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although cardinals have been a highly visible part of the Vatican for thirteen centuries, surprisingly little has been written about these "papal princes" of the Roman Catholic Church. They are the "nearly men" of Catholicism, who might have become pope, but in most cases didn't, and instead wielded their power behind the papal throne. In this informative and entertaining history, Catholic insider Michael Walsh traces the origins and growth of the cardinal office and tells the stories of more than sixty of the most notable men to wear the red cap. Here are kingmakers, scholars, pastors, soldiers, and statesmen -- venial rogues and bona fide saints -- brothers, sons, even husbands and fathers -- and those remembered simply for their faithful care of the souls entrusted to them.--Publisher
Proclaiming justice & peace : papal documents from Rerum Novarum through Centesimus Annus by Michael J Walsh( Book )

8 editions published between 1991 and 1994 in English and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Westminster cardinals : the past and the future by Michael J Walsh( Book )

9 editions published in 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Dictionary of Christian biography
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Walsh, Michael J. 1937-

Walsh, Michael J. (Michael John), 1937-

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Walsh, Michael John 1937-

English (239)

German (8)

French (6)

Spanish (1)

Dictionary of Christian biographyThe Oxford dictionary of PopesWarriors of the Lord : the military orders of ChristendomThe conclave : a sometimes secret and occasionally bloody history of papal electionsOpus Dei : an investigation into the secret society struggling for power within the Roman Catholic ChurchThe papacyCommentary on the Catechism of the Catholic ChurchReligious bibliographies in serial literature : a guide