The End and the Beginning: Pope John Paul II--The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy

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Doubleday Religious Publishing Group, Nov 1, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 590 pages
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“As March gave way to April in the spring of 2005 and the world kept vigil outside the apostolic palace in Rome, the pontificate of Pope John Paul II, then drawing to a poignant end, was already being described as one of the most consequential in two millennia of Christian history.”
 
With these words, world-renowned author and NBC Vatican analyst George Weigel begins his long-awaited sequel to the international bestseller Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II. More than ten years in the making, The End and the Beginning: Pope John Paul II—The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy tells the dramatic story of the Pope’s battle with communism in light of new and recently disclosed information and brings to a close Weigel’s landmark portrait of a man who not only left an indelible mark on the Catholic Church, but also changed the course of world history.
 
When he was elected pope in the fall of 1978, few people had ever heard of the charismatic Karol Wojty³a. But in a very short time he would ignite a revolution of conscience in his native Poland that would ultimately lead to the collapse of European communism and death of the Soviet Union. What even fewer people knew was that the KGB, the Polish Secret Police, and the East German Stasi had been waging a dangerous, decades-long war against Wojty³a and the Vatican itself. Weigel, with unprecedented access to many Soviet-era documents, chronicles John Paul’s struggle against the dark forces of communism.
 
Moreover, Weigel recounts the tumultuous last years of John Paul’s life as he dealt with a crippling illness as well as the “new world disorder” and revelations about corruption within the Catholic Church. Weigel’s thought-provoking biography of John Paul II concludes with a probing and passionate assessment of a man who lived his life as a witness to hope in service to the Christian ideals he embraced.


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User Review  - Curmudgeon66 - Goodreads

The first part of this, about the fall of communism is quite interesting. I'm only about half way through. Some sections are a bit of a slog to get through, just like Weigel's first book about JPII. But I am learning alot. Read full review

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User Review  - Pete Iseppi - Goodreads

There were many who did not like Pope John Paul II. However, there were MANY more who did than didn't, and VERY few that did not at least respect him. There is no doubt that he was one of a handful of ... Read full review

Contents

A pope of many surprises Roots The impact of Vatican II
8
Opening Gambits
23
Confrontation
93
Chapter Four
144
n RT
188
Chapter
226
Ihapter E ight
312
Chapter Nine
369
Clmptcr
399
The Measure of a Pontificate
430
Wojtyla A new archbishop swindles the regime lisintegrating
518
BIBLIOGRAPHY
553
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
561
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GEORGE WEIGEL, Distinguished Senior Fellow of Washington’s Ethics and Public Policy Center, is one of the world’s leading authorities on the Catholic Church. The Vatican analyst for NBC News, Weigel is the author of fifteen books, including the New York Times bestseller Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II. His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages.


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