Witness to Hope The Biography of Pope John Paul II

ISBN-10: 0060732032
ISBN-13: 9780060732035
Edition: 2001
Authors: George Weigel
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List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 4/8/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 1056
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 2.860
Language: English

Witness to Hope is the authoritative biography of one of the singular figures -- some might argue the singular figure -- of our time. With unprecedented cooperation from John Paul II and the people who knew and worked with him throughout his life, George Weigel offers a groundbreaking portrait of the Pope as a man, a thinker, and a leader whose religious convictions defined a new approach to world politics -- and changed the course of history. As even his critics concede, John Paul II occupied a unique place on the world stage and put down intellectual markers that no one could ignore or avoid as humanity entered a new millennium fraught with possibility and danger. The Pope was a man of prodigious energy who played a crucial yet insufficiently explored role in some of the most momentous events of our time, including the collapse of European communism, the quest for peace in the Middle East, and the democratic transformation of Latin America. This updated edition of Witness to Hope explains how this "man from a far country" did all of that, and much more -- and what both his accomplishments and the unfinished business of his pontificate mean for the future of the Church and the world.

George Weigel is a Catholic theologian. Weigel was educated at St. Mary's Seminary College in Baltimore, Maryland and at the University of St. Michael's College in Toronto, Canada. Weigel moved to Seattle where he was Assistant Professor of Theology and Assistant (later Acting) Dean of Studies at the St. Thomas Seminary School of Theology in Kenmore. In 1977, he became Scholar-in-Residence at the World Without War Council of Greater Seattle. In 1984-85 he was a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. Weigel is the author or editor of a number of books including Tranquillitas Ordinis: The Present Failure and Future Promise of American Catholic Thought on War and Peace (Oxford University Press, 1987); The Final Revolution: The Resistance Church and the Collapse of Communism (Oxford, 1992); The Truth of Catholicism: Ten Controversies Explored (HarperCollins, 2001); The Courage To Be Catholic: Crisis, Reform, and the Future of the Church (Basic Books, 2002); God's Choice: Pope Benedict XVI and the Future of the Catholic Church (HarperCollins, 2005); Faith, Reason, and the War Against Jihadism (Doubleday, 2007); and Against the Grain: Christianity and Democracy, War and Peace (Crossroad, 2008). His scholarly work and his journalism are regularly translated into the major European languages. Weigel has been awarded ten honorary doctorates, the papal cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, and the Gloria Artis Gold Medal by the Republic of Poland. George Weigel and his wife live in North Bethesda, Maryland.

A Brief Note on Pronunciation
Prologue: The Disciple
The drama of Karol Wojtyla's life
A paradox and a sign of contradiction
The more excellent way
The broadness of a guage
The subject and the author
A Son of Freedom: Poland Semper Fidelis
Karol Wojtyla's national, cultural, religious, and family roots
His childhood, his elementary and secondary education, the loss of his mother and brother
The influence of his father on his education and piety
His interests in Polish Romantic literature and in drama
His first undergraduate year at Krakow's Jagiellonian University
From the Underground: The Third Reich vs. the Kingdom of Truth
The Nazi Occupation of Poland
Karol Wojtyla and clandestine cultural resistance
His introduction to Carmelite spirituality and manual labor
The death of his father and the unfolding of a priestly vocation
The underground seminary
An "unbroken prince," Archbishop Adam Stefan Sapieha
Karol Wojtyla's ordination and graduate studies in theology in Rome
"Call Me Wujek": To Be a Priest
Country curate
Father Karol Wojtyla's pioneering student chaplaincy in Krakow
His first essays and poems
The temptation of revolutionary violence and Wojtyla's first mature play
An outdoorsman and a model confessor
The beauty of human love
Seeing Things as They Are: The Making of a Philosopher
A second doctorate, a new philosophical interest, and a new career
Karol Wojtyla at the Catholic University of Lublin
The Lublin challenge to modern skepticism
A book on love and sexuality that raises a few eyebrows
A New Pentecost: Vatican II and the Crisis of Humanism
The youngest bishop in Poland
The Second Vatican Council
Karol Wojtyla is named Archbishop of Krakow
Setting Vatican II's defense of freedom on a firm philosophical foundation
Successor to St. Stanislaw: Living the Council in Krakow
A cardinal at age forty-seven
Wojtyla's quest for religious freedom in Krakow
An extensive local implementation of Vatican II
The mature essayist, poet, and playwright
A distinctive style and a unique set of friends
Testing the world stage
A Pope from a Far Country: The Election of John Paul II
The Church at the death of Pope Paul VI
The "September Papacy" of Pope John Paul I
The election of Karol Jozef Wojtyla as the first Slavic Pope in history and the first non-Italian in 455 years, to the surprise of many, but not all, concerned
"Be Not Afraid!": A Pope for the World
An earthquake in the papacy and the Vatican
Redefining the public ministry of the Bishop of Rome
An alternative theology of liberation
Program notes for a pontificate
Preventing a war in Latin America
Consternation in the Kremlin
"How Many Divisions Has the Pope?": Confronting an Empire of Lies
The cultural power of the politically powerless
An epic pilgrimage to Poland
Nine days that bent the curve of modern history
A revolution of conscience
The Ways of Freedom: Truths Personal and Public
Marital intimacy as an icon of the inner life of God
Denouncing sectarian violence in Ireland
The Pope at the United Nations
Religious freedom as the first human right
Teenagers in a frenzy at Madison Square Garden
Galileo reconsidered
An appeal to Orthodoxy
Peter Among Us: The Universal Pastor as Apostolic Witness
The pilgrim Pope in Africa, France, Brazil, West Germany, and Asia
Collegiality and crisis management
In defense of the family
A bold appointment in Paris
The mysteries of fatherhood and mercy, divine and human
In the Eye of the Storm: Months of Violence and Dissent
The birth of Solidarity
An unprecedented letter to Leonid Brezhnev
The assassination attempt
Shock therapy for the Jesuits
The "Gospel of work"
Martial law in Poland
The Falklands/Malvinas War
Liberating Liberations The Limits of Politics and the Promise of Redemption
Revising Church law
Canonizing a martyr of Auschwitz
Confrontation in Nicaragua
To recognize the saints God has made
Restoring hope in Poland
A seminar with agnostics and atheists
A prison visit to a would-be papal assassin
Suffering as a path to love
Reliving the Council: Religion and the Renewal of a World Still Young
Securing the legacy of Vatican II
The "People Power" revolution in the Philippines
Hosting world religious leaders in Assisi
The first papal visit to the Synagogue of Rome
The irrevocable Catholic commitment to Christian unity
Addressing young Muslims in Casablanca
A letter to the youth of the world
Revamping the Vatican's press office
Forward to Basics: Freedom Ordered to the Dignity of Duty
Tear gas and the quest for democracy in Chile
The beatification of Edith Stein
A preview of communism's demise
Hiking in the Dolomites
The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople in Rome
Opening a dialogue with Mikhail Gorbachev
The excommunication of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre
A distinctive feminism
Starting a homeless shelter in the Vatican
Counselor to Andrei Sakharov
After the Empire of Lies: Miracles and the Mandates of Justice
John Paul II in Scandinavia
The communist crack-up
A letter to Deng Xiaoping
Gorbachev in the Vatican
Defining the meaning of the "Revolution of 1989"
Challenging democracies to live freedom nobly
The Gulf War
The Catholic identity of Catholic universities
To the Ends of the Earth: Reconciling an Unreconciled World
The Church is a mission
A storm of controversy with Orthodoxy
The re-evangelization of Europe
Priests for a new millennium
Colon surgery
The Catechism of the Catholic Church
Rejecting clericalism in Poland
Defending persecuted Christians in Sudan
Taking on the Mafia in Sicily
The Threshold of Hope: Appealing to Our Better Angels
A surprise in Denver
The renewal of moral theology
Diplomatic relations with Israel
Confronting the U.S. government at the Cairo World Population Conference
More health problems
A convent for contemplative nuns in the Vatican
The debate on women and the priesthood
An international bestseller
Only One World: Human Solidarity and the Gospel of Life
The Great Jubilee of 2000
The largest crowd in human history
Another assassination attempt
The "Gospel of life"
The Vatican and the World Conference on Women in Beijing
Asking Orthodox and Protestant Christians to help devise a papacy that could serve them
A "witness to hope" addresses the United Nations again
Singing in New York's Central Park
The golden jubilee
A Reasonable Faith: Beyond a Century of Delusions
Revising the rules for papal elections
France and Poland
Sarajevo, Lebanon, and Cuba
The longest-serving pope of the twentieth century
Catholic renewal movements in St. Peter's Square
John Paul II's twentieth anniversary
The Church in defense of human reason
Epilogue The Third Millennium: To See the Sun Rise
The critiques of John Paul II are evaluated, his accomplishments are assayed, and a suggestion as to the nature of his greatness is offered
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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