Pope John XXIII: A Life

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Penguin, Jan 29, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
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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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User 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

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User 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

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Thomas Cahill’s appealing approach to distant history has won the attention of millions of readers in North America and beyond. Cahill is the author of five previous volumes in the Hinges of History series: How the Irish Saved CivilizationThe Gifts of the JewsDesire of the Everlasting HillsSailing the Wine-Dark Sea, and Mysteries of the Middle Ages. They have been bestsellers not only in the United States but also in countries ranging from Italy to Brazil. He is also the author of A Saint on Death Row.

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