The last 6 months of 2009 saw the second printing of The Way in Latvian and the third in Bahasa (the official language of Indonesia). In addition, the second printing of Furrow was published in traditional Chinese. The first edition of Holy Rosary was published in Slovenian and the second printing in Arabic, while the third edition of Christ Is Passing By was published in French.
Scepter Publishers also brought out an English version of the Historical-Critical edition of The Way prepared by Pedro Rodriguez.
In Germany, the books of homilies Christus Begegnen (Christ Is Passing By) and Freunde Gottes (Friends of God) have been published on the Internet as audio-books, read by the actor Michael König. They can be downloaded for free in mp3 format at (www.opusdei.de).
A book published in Italy, Che devo fare, Signore? [What Shall I Do, Lord?] by Marco Busca (Cantagalli publisher), presents St. Paul to today’s Catholics through passages in St. Josemaría writings about the Apostle to the Gentiles.
Blanco y los huellas en la nieve [Blanco and the footprints in the snow] is the second book in a Peruvian children’s collection that narrates the life of St. Josemaría. Its authors are Carlos Zambrano and Luis Chumpitaz. The book was introduced in Lima (at the International Book Fair) and in Arequipa. It includes a musical CD that offers a musical narration of the book for children. The songs and some of the pictures from the books (including the first in the series) can be found at www.losviajesdeblanco.com.
In its collection Héroes de la fe [Heroes of the Faith], which presents the lives of the saints on DVD, the producer Monte Tabor has published, in Spanish, a film of animated drawings produced by Mondo TV, an Italian company, about St. Josemaría childhood and youth.
In Holland the first issue of a new periodical bulletin on the Founder of Opus Dei was published in October.
A second, updated edition of the biography of St. Josemaría Escrivá written by the Russian writer Evgeny Pazukhin has just been published in Moscow. The first Polish edition of another biography of the Founder of Opus Dei, El hombre de Villa Tevere [The Man of Villa Tevere], by Pilar Urbano, is now available in the bookstores of Poland.
Romana, No. 49, July-December 2009, p. 323-324.