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Adolf Holl - Can priests fly?

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Padre Pio can float in thin air, the dead can come back to life, faqirs can make themselves invisible and Virgin Mary can heal tumors. It seems like God never tires of trying out new things. Just like people never tire of miracles in their lives, whether its sports or a classical concert. This book is a perfect opportunity to marvel. Adolf Holl offers a concise overview of the long history of humankind’s belief in miracles. In a fine balancing act between stories and aphorisms he captures the rare moments that open our eyes to a world full of miracles. A must for everyone who wants to believe and marvel.

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156 pages
format:125 x 205
ISBN: 9783701732616
Release date: 26.03.2012

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Adolf Holl

Born 1930 in Vienna, Holl died in 2020 in Vienna, where he had lived as a writer and freelance publicist. Holl was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1954. His book “Jesus in schlechter Gesellschaft” (1971) brought him into conflict with the Catholic Church and he was eventually suspended from his priestly duties in 1976. He received numerous awards, including the Austrian Staatspreis für Kulturpublizistik (2003) and the Axel Corti Prize (2006). Previously published by Residenz Verlag: “Wie gründe ich eine Religion” (2009), “Das Adolf-Holl-Brevier” (2010), “Können Priester fliegen?” (2012), “Braunau am Ganges” (2015).


... in seinem neuen, glänzend geschriebenen, humorvollen Buch geht es nicht darum. Sondern über viel Lustigeres, Erheiterndes wird berichtet: Über kirchenamtliche Wundergeschichten, die man mit einem leisen Schmunzeln und neugierigem Interesse lesen kann.

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