Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II

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Harper Collins, Apr 8, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 1056 pages
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The Definitive Biography of Pope John Paul II

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.

 

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User Review  - judithrs - LibraryThing

Witness to Hope; the Biography of John Paul II. George Weigel. 1999. I have never finished a book and wanted to start re-reading it, but this is what happened when I finished this book! I started ... Read full review

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User Review  - Scarchin - LibraryThing

An incredible story about one of the most important people of the last century. 3 stars because I felt that it got a little repetitive near the end and came a little close to hagiographic. Also - I ... Read full review

Contents

I
16
3
88
Country curate Father Karol Wojtylas pioneering student chaplaincy
112
4
122
5
145
7
235
8
259
9
291
RELIVING THE COUNCIL
481
15
527
16
582
18
678
19
740
A REASONABLE FAITH
789
Epilogue
843
Afterword
865

THE WAYS OF FREEDOM
326
II
363
12
396
13
437
Notes
887
Bibliography
971
Acknowledgments
981
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About the author (2005)

George Weigel is one of the world's foremost authorities on the Catholic Church and the author of the New York Times bestseller Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II. He is a Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., and a consultant on Vatican affairs for NBC News.

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