Good Pope The Making of a Saint and the Remaking of the Church

ISBN-10: 0062089412
ISBN-13: 9780062089410
Edition: N/A
Authors: Greg Tobin
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List price: $15.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

On November 23, 1958, Cardinal Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, the son of peasant Italian farmers, became Pope John XXIII. Widely expected to be a transitional pope, John surprised the Church hierarchy and the world by convoking an ambitious ecumenical council—the first such council in more than a century—to bring the Catholic Church into the modern era. "I want to throw open the windows of the Church," he said, "so that we can see out and the people can see in." Broken into four sessions and held over four years, the Second Vatican Council ("a new Pentecost," according to John) breathed new life into the Church and its pastoral mission, knocking down the centuries-old wall between the Church hierarchy and the laity and repositioning the Church as a universal instrument of hope, justice, and compassion for people of all faiths.Fifty years after he convened the Second Vatican Council, Pope John XXIII remains one of the most beloved and remarkable fi gures in the history of the Catholic Church. Affectionately known as Il Buono Papa, or the Good Pope, John is remembered today by Catholics and non-Catholics alike as an enduring symbol of peace, ecumenicalism, and Christian spirituality. In The Good Pope, Greg Tobin recounts John's remarkable story, from his impoverished childhood in Bergamo, Italy, and his successful tenure as a papal ambassador in war-torn Europe to his surprise ascendancy to the throne of St. Peter. In the process, he traces John's legacy as the spiritual father of the modern Church and explains why the Good Pope and his great council are as vital, vibrant, and important to Catholicism as ever before. Meticulously researched and engaging, The Good Pope captures the heart, soul, and spirit of the man who ushered in a new era of religion in the twentieth century.

Greg Tobin is publishing director of A.A. World Services. He is the author of multiple titles including Saints and Sinners and Holy Father (a biography of Pope Benedict XVI) and was featured widely in national and international media. He lives in West Orange, New Jersey, with his wife and sons.

Preface
Priest and Protector
Pastor et Nauta, Shepherd and Navigator
Family, Youth, and Seminary (1881-1904)
Early Priesthood and Rome (1904-15)
The Great War and After (1915-25)
Bulgaria, Greece, and Turkey (1925-45)
France and Venice (1945-58)
The Soul of a Pope
Election and First Days (October-December 1958)
The First Year (January-December 1959)
A Unique Pontificate (January-December 1960)
World in Crisis (January 1961-September 1962)
Aggiornamento, Si! (October 1962)
Father of the Council
A New Pentecost? (November-December 1962)
Peace on Earth (January-April 1963)
Finis (May-June 1963)
The Good Pope and His Great Council
Acknowledgments
Notes
Sources
Index

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