John Paul II: 1920-2005by Gianni Giansanti
The first of its kind, this volume offers an emotional and authentic portrait of John Paul II. A discreet but Constant presence, photojournalist Gianni Giansanti has photographed the successor to the Throne of Peter over the course of his long pontificate, during excursions among the crowds, in moments of personal meditation, and from his first steps across the papal threshold to his recent and difficult trip to the Holy Land. The accompanying text is the work of Marco Tosatti, Vatican correspondent for the Italian daily newspaper La Stampa who has covered John Paul II daily, for almost twenty years.The resulting blend is a thrilling series of tableaux chronicling the events of our own recent history, filled with the uncertainties and the hopes, which have marked the turning of this century.
From behind the scenes at the Vatican to his pastoral trips, the Pope emerges as a man of faith in solitary prayer and as a statesman at the table with the world's most powerful politicians. Karel Wojtyla appears more than ever as a complex figure restored to his genuine human dimension. In the final chapter of this remarkable volume, the ecumenical role of the Pope, perhaps the most distinguishing feature of his pontificate, is documented.
Many pictures in the book are taken from John Paul ll's unforgettable pilgrimage to Jerusalem where he performed his role as ambassador of the message of evangelism. This awesome photographic record does more than simply document these historic events; it constitutes the definitive portrait of John Paul ll, an extraordinary Pope in extraordinary times.
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