John Paul II: the Man, the Disciple, the Leader: The Complete Illustrated Biography

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John Paul II is the first Slavic pope in history and the first non-Italian pope since Adrian VI in 1522. He is by far the most widely traveled pope, having made over 100 papal visits abroad, more than all his predecessors put together. With this informative biography you can get to know him up close and personally. Over 400 photographs, illustrations, and memorabilia present a portrait of Pope John Paul II with an in-depth look at his childhood, priesthood, life as a bishop, and...
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Pope John Paul II: On the Road to Sainthood

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Overview

John Paul II is the first Slavic pope in history and the first non-Italian pope since Adrian VI in 1522. He is by far the most widely traveled pope, having made over 100 papal visits abroad, more than all his predecessors put together. With this informative biography you can get to know him up close and personally. Over 400 photographs, illustrations, and memorabilia present a portrait of Pope John Paul II with an in-depth look at his childhood, priesthood, life as a bishop, and world-traveling prelate.

The reader will discover the most important aspects of this great pontiff's life, as well as a snapshot look at modern history with glimpses into Poland and Europe under Nazi and Communist regimes, short biographies of other recent popes, the solidarity labor movement, and many other momentous world events.

In October 1978, the bishop of Krakow was elected to the papacy and John Paul II has been His Holiness for longer than any previous pope. As a highly respected leader of modern times he has changed former traditions by traveling all over the world; met with news media, labor unions organizers, and world leaders; addressed the United Nations Assembly; and pardoned his would-be assassin.

As a pope, his personal contact with many of the faithful and his charisma, warmth, and message of peace will forever be his legacy.

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This fully illustrated biography of John Paul II by the editors at Reader's Digest-really a coffee table-sized encyclopedia on the life of Karol Wojtyla and the Roman Catholic papacy-is stunningly beautiful and materially rich in content. Its 18 thematic chapters cover topics that include John Paul's boyhood in Poland, ministry as a priest and bishop, political influence in Eastern Europe, recovery from an assassin's bullet, and world travels and doctrinal teachings. Countless sidebars provide additional explanations and clarifications related to papal subjects like popemobiles, the Pope's Swiss Guards, the controversial order Opus Dei, and the Roman Curia, or Papal Court. Several pages describe a typical day in John Paul's life; others describe the logistics behind a papal pilgrimage. Four hundred color illustrations unite the textual content of this large and creative biography. A page of bibliographical references and an index complete this handsome book. Recommended for larger public libraries seeking popular material on the life of the 20th century's most recognized pope.-John-Leonard Berg, Univ. of Wisconsin Lib., Platteville Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780762106578
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest Association, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.66 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 1.02 (d)

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