Pope John XXIII: A Spiritual Biography

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Angelo Roncalli was pope for only five years, yet he won the hearts and minds of people the world over, including many non-Catholics with his warm style and commitment to bring the Catholic Church in line with the modern world. "We are not on the earth to guard a museum," he had once said about the Church, "but to tend a blooming garden full of life." Pope John XXIII is the story of a real Christian who became pope." "Roncalli introduced himself to the crowds in St. Peter's Square on October 28, 1958 with the ...
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Overview

Angelo Roncalli was pope for only five years, yet he won the hearts and minds of people the world over, including many non-Catholics with his warm style and commitment to bring the Catholic Church in line with the modern world. "We are not on the earth to guard a museum," he had once said about the Church, "but to tend a blooming garden full of life." Pope John XXIII is the story of a real Christian who became pope." "Roncalli introduced himself to the crowds in St. Peter's Square on October 28, 1958 with the words "I am called John." Already seventy-seven years old, this son of peasants was expected to stage a merely transitional papacy. Surprising many, he became the pope of transition by convening the Second Vatican Council in October of 1962. The Council lasted for five years and saw his death, but it opened wide the doors of the Church, doing away with much of the old pomp and practice, and leading it into the twenty-first century.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780824523565
  • Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Series: Lives & Legacies
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.69 (d)

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Christian Feldman is a journalist and theologian. Author of God’s Gentle Rebels and Mother Teresa: Love Stays, he lives in Munich, Germany.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2000

    Pope of the Century

    Pope John XXIII (Angelo Roncalli) died in June 1963, after a brief five-year reign that ended all too quickly, but he has profoundly influenced the last forty years of the Church's history, and no doubt his influence will be felt well into the 21st century of the Church's life. He called the Second Vatican Council in an effort to challenge the Church throughout the world to move into the 20th century and become creatively engaged with the world rather than fleeing from it. This wonderful biography by Christian Feldman gives us an insightful glimpse into the inner life of this great Pope by sharing with us the thoughts he so carefully recorded in his personal diaries all through his life.He was a realistic optimist who feared the influence of the doomsayers in the Church who resisted (and continue to resist) change. In the years since his death, there has been an institutional trend to retreat from the vision he provided for the Church. Those in power in the Church have tried to portray him as a benevolent old man who had no idea of the long-term effects of what he was doing when he called the Council.Feldman's biography gives us a far different picture, and shows how many of the liberating ideas of this Pope had their origins early in his life, and that the twists and turns of his life of service to the Church profoundly prepared him for the papacy.He has not been forgotten. His great love for the Church and the World have yet to be surpassed! I would recommend that anyone interested in his life begin with this book, and then read Peter Hebblethwaite's JOHN XIII: POPE OF THE CENTURY and Xavier Rynne's THE SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL.

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