John XXIII: Pope of the Century

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A&C Black, Mar 1, 2005 - Religion - 298 pages
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Angelo Roncalli was elected Pope in 1958 and in four and a half years, through summoning the Second Vatican Council and putting in hand a major revision of the code of Canon Law, had transformed the Roman Catholic Church. Through his personality and teaching, and his initiatives with world leaders, he gave the papacy a new vision and set before the Catholic Church a new version of its mission to the world. Today many people throughout the world see Pope John XXIII as one of the twentieth-century's most loved and influential figures.
  

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Contents

A village boyhood
1
A CounterReformation seminary
9
A Roman education
16
Into the whirlwind of Modernism
27
The Great War
37
Towards Propaganda and Fascism
44
Ten hard years in Bulgaria
55
The innocent suspect
70
The struggle for the Council
165
At home and in Rome
174
The Italian connection
182
Enter Augustin Bea
190
Getting on for eighty
199
The dress rehearsal
205
On the slopes of the sacred mountain
214
Sixty days to change the Church
225

Gods consul
82
Difficult mission to France
96
The seasons of Venice
117
the wideopen conclave
132
The first ninety days
144
The inspiration of the Council
156
Last will and testament
241
Eastertide
252
Bibliography and sources
259
The Roman Curia
275
Index
277
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