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Aquinine Books Publishes New Novel by Author John Kelly

Aquinine Books has released a new novel by author John Kelly, which examines the claims of one of the Catholic Church's most revered saints. The book, "Saints and Relics," is set in both France and a small country town in New South Wales, Australia, and poses questions for devotees of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, who greatly enhanced the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The book confronts long standing theological convictions, and prompts the question: Was she mentally unstable?

Melbourne, Australia, June 22, 2009 --( 'Saints and Relics' is a powerful and absorbing drama about ordinary people, played out in Australia and France. It captures the essence of human frailty, and that unique spirit of Australian scepticism.

A casket containing a remarkable relic of a 17th century nun, Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, is stolen from a devout society in France by one of its members, a priest from Sydney. The priest, Father James, secretly entrusts the casket to two women in Monterey Creek, a small country town in New South Wales. The Society immediately sends Monsignor Henri Pascal from Paris to Australia to recover both the relic and a manuscript written by the nun, which describes her final revelation. When one of the women dies suddenly, and her house is ransacked, the Monsignor becomes embroiled in the town’s affairs, including the young parish priest’s involvement with a single mother whose daughter claims to have had a vision of the Virgin Mary. When tragedy strikes during the Monterey Creek annual Festival of the Flowers, events threaten the Monsignor’s quest to find both the relic and the manuscript.

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