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This year, I will be focusing on providing a high quality selection of links to other websites. Many others have offered brilliant material freely available on the net,  and I intend to celebrate the work of others. I will still be providing free on-line content on my site here, because as we all probably know, links to other sites can unexpectedly vanish from the Internet. 


However, when I started this project in 2009, and launched it in 2011, Internet in developing nations was unreliable at best. That was the primary reason why I decided to create an on-line library of free theological books – to assist those studying for ministry without access to a physical library, so that books cold easily be downloaded and saved for viewing off-line later. 



Page under construction, March 2019


Here is a sample of external links to websites to keep you informed of what is happening in the Christian world.

  • Divine Renovation – Renewing parishes through transforming people. Divine Renovation Ministry exists to inspire and equip parishes to become missional.  Twitter: @DevoReno
  • The Alpha Course – Watch the Alpha Course in action here. The small group introduction to personal faith that has transformed millions.
  • EWTN – Eternal Word Television Network. Watch via live streaming.
  • EWTN Nightly News – News from as Catholic perspective with Lauren Ashburn Mon-Friday and via the Net. Twitter: @LaurenAshburn
  • UCA News– The Union of Catholic Asian News (UCAN) is the leading independent Catholic news source in Asia. “A voice for the voiceless.”
The Victorian Ushaw Library is one of the finest in the UK, holding manuscripts as early as the 6th century. [Stock photo]


AuthorJohn E. Ruffle(extreme right) with Hild-Bede Alumni during a visit to the historic library at Ushaw College, Durham, 2018.

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HERE are some links to some very different websites that offer free resources to you. Feel free to leave a comment and add YOUR favourite links too! -Brother John Ruffle
Here are some valuable links to even more resources:
(1) Documents of the Vatican II Council: We already have two documents on our D. H. Ruffle Memorial Library website from the 2nd Vatican Council held in the 1960s – but here below we link to the complete documents in the Vatican Archive, in English and 11 other languages. Unlike our copies of “Lumen Gentium – Dogmatic Constitution on the Church” (1964) and “Dei Verbum -Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation” (1965), these Vatican volumes cannot be downloaded to your computer or eBook reader as pdf files.
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(2) Jesus Army Archives: Then, for something quite different, we introduce you to the (UK) Jesus Army library “vault”. This is a valuable resource, and some of the volumes they have for free viewing or download are the same or similar to ours  – but certainly not all. And while all our titles are PDF files secure on our site, some of the volumes the Jesus Army offer are links to third-party sites. But, just like us, their resources are all FREE!
(3) The University of Excellence: Finally, in this ‘mini resource tour’ we offer you a training and discipleship tool that has already changed many lives. It is the on-line “University of Excellence“. The driving force behind this academy is the Rev’d. Prince Handley, who has a proven track record over many years in mentoring young lay and ordained ministers and national workers, and then releasing them into the plentiful mission fields that are “white unto harvest” all around the world.
(4) Project Canterbury is a free online archive of out-of-print Anglican texts and related modern documents. It was founded in 1999 and is an all-volunteer effort; it is not affiliated officially with any church body.
(5) The Bible for Children – a free full-colour Bible in small pdf files and in 53 different language versions! Totally amazing!


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Jesus the Bread from Heaven

I would like to recognise and acknowledge some of the other people and ministries who are striving to achieve the same end as we are – to make Christ and His Gospel known, and to make ever more widely available the writings of many and varied saints and sages in the Christian Tradition.

The New Advent website, edited by Kevin Knight, is one of the most comprehensive libraries of Catholic writings on the Internet today.

The Christian Classics Ethereal Library (CCEL) website is equally comprehensive, covers all Christian traditions, and is a very well-built Internet resource.  Although the volumes they have are in the public domain, they do sometimes make a small charge to download works. For this reason, in September 2010, we began to trace back the source public domain documents, in order to make them available here free of charge. Non-the less, CCEL is a wonderful resource, and they make material FREE to those in poorer countries. We have much admiration for both these wonderful projects! – John Ruffle, Jan 29th, 2012.

John Ruffle, librarian/webmaster, 
DISCLAIMER: A link to third-party sites does not necessarily imply endorsement of contents over which we have no editorial control. This is not intended as a source document for the files found on this site, which are the result of exhaustive on-line study and research. Page added: January 16, 2012 by JR. Updated January 20, 2012, April 23, 2014. JR. April 8, 2019, JR.

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