Pontiff

Pontiff

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by Gordon Thomas, Max Morgan-Witts
     
 

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ISBN-13:
9780451129512
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/14/1984
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Pontiff 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Spad More than 1 year ago
This book is as spell-binding as any mystery I've ever read, however, as I kept reminding myself, it's NOT a work of fiction! As the details of the various pontifical meetings are revealed, one cannot help but feel they are present and witnessing the proceedings as the proverbial "fly on the wall" would have done. Whether you are Catholic or not, the book vividly describes the innermost workings of the Vatican during the reign of three Popes and the institutional issues, both internal and external, they faced. The magnitude of the pressures they faced as head of Roman Catholic church and the awesome responsibilities inherent with any of their decisions is conveyed by the writing style of the authors so that the reader is able to understand why so many of the Popes of the past have been overheard whispering, "Oh no!   Please not me!" after being elected and approached to accept the Papacy. This really is a "must read" for anyone who wants to gain a greater understanding of the complexity of the Vatican and the Pope's unique place as head of the largest christian denomination on earth as well as the absolute monarch of a separate sovereign entity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago