Pope John XXIII: A Life
From the bestselling author of How the Irish Saved Civilization.
Elected to the papacy at the age of 76, Pope John XXIII was to have a brief but important reign. Although he had a doctorate in theology, his gifts were pastoral—reaching out to the people of the Church. After his doctorate, he spent nine years working for the socially-minded bishop of Bergamo, acquiring a broad understanding of the problems of the working class. This sympathy for ordinary people was brought out in his papacy. Vatican II, which he convened, brought forth the idea of a church as a community, in which all God's people are a sign of redemption for the human race. Thomas Cahill, in his short biography, gives us the sense of enduring importance of John XXIII's idea.
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POPE JOHN XXIIIUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
A liberal Catholic polemic disguised as a life of Good Pope John.Bestselling religious historian Cahill (How the Irish Saved Civilization, 1995, etc.) has a familiar story to tell. The Catholic Church ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - solla - LibraryThing
I decided I wanted to read it when Cahill referenced it in the last book I read by him, Mysteries of the Middle Ages : the rise of feminism, science, and art from the cults of Catholic Europe. In that ... Read full review