Vicars of Christ: A History of the Popes

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Citadel Press, 2003 - Religion - 492 pages
Ever since Emperor Constantine legalized Christianity in the 4th century, the papacy has been a formidable moral and religious presence in the world. The pope is an international force, a political necessity, an object of both inspiration and interference. He is godly to some, holier than thou to others. The popes of history run the gamut of human behavior, as different as the eras they lived in, the ways in which they delegated power, the means by which they led the Church. In these revealing biographies readers will meet: St. Peter, first in line, and talented with a pen; St. Callixtus, who was once a slave; St. Clement, who was thrown into the sea with an anchor around his neck; St. Leo I, who frightened Attila the Hun into sparing Rome; St. Gregory I, who banished the plague from Rome; St. Leo IX, one of the great reform popes; St. Gregory VII, one of history's greatest popes, who nobly defended the Church against domination by secular powers. Not to mention the generous, the murderous, the lecherous, and the truly righteous. All were visible heads of the Church on Earth -- Vicars of Christ -- and these are the unvarnished chronicles of how they succeeded, when they failed ... and why.
 

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Contents

St Peter3267
17
St Anicetus 155166
30
St Hippolytus J c 236 AntiPope
41
St Stepben I May 12 254August 2 257
54
St Marcus I January 18October 7 336
70
St Hilarius November 19 461February 28 468
84
St Gelasius I March 1 492November 21 496
89
April 16 556Marcb 3 56l
103
February 14 1130September 24 1143
236
November 25 1185October 19 1187
249
Marcb 19 1227August 22 124l
263
December 7 1254May 25 126l
267
Bl Benedict XI October 22 1303July 7 1304
284
December 18 1352September 18 1362
298
November 11 1417February 20 143l
313
August 191458August 141464
323

THE HEATHEN PERIL
119
October 30 701January 11 705
129
St Leo III December 27 795June 12 816
143
December 14 867December 1 872
157
Romanus August 897
170
August 903
172
September 972August 974
185
Sergius IVJuly 31 1009May 12 1012
198
April 1058January 1059 AntiPope
210
Bl Urban II Marcb 12 1088July 29 1099
223
St Callixtus Callistus I 217222 38
232
Marcb 111513 December 1 152l
337
St Pius V January 7 1566May 11572
350
September 15 1644January 7 1655
364
Innocent XI11 May 8 1721Marcb 71724
378
May 29 1724February 231730
379
Marcb 14 1800August 20 1823
393
St Pius X August 4 1903August 20 1914
407
Bl Jobn XXI11 October 28 1958June 31963
420
Jobn Paul II October 16 1978
433
Glossary
465
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