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Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson
A favorite novel of Pope Francis, Msgr. Benson’s dystopia warns us of the threat of three powers: materialism, technocracy, and government. Benson’s story chronicles the rise of Julian Felsenburg, an anti-Christ who brokers world peace. Jesuit priest Fr. Joseph Rickaby wrote to Benson saying “I have long thought that Antichrist would be no monster, but a most charming, decorous, attractive person, exactly your Felsenburgh. This is what the enemy has wanted, something to counteract the sweetness of Christmas, Good Friday, and Corpus Christi, which is the strength of Christianity.”

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