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Selecting the Pope: Uncovering the Mysteries of Papal Elections
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Selecting the Pope: Uncovering the Mysteries of Papal Elections

by Greg Tobin
 

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The selection of the next pope is the most important decision affecting Roman Catholics in over twenty-five years. Award-winning author Greg Tobin offers the perfect guide to understanding the process, history, and present-day issues impacting that decision.

Selecting the Pope examines each rule of the election

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The selection of the next pope is the most important decision affecting Roman Catholics in over twenty-five years. Award-winning author Greg Tobin offers the perfect guide to understanding the process, history, and present-day issues impacting that decision.

Selecting the Pope examines each rule of the election process—and explores the rich history behind the conclave and the key issues that will shape the future of the Catholic Church.

You'll discover:

  • Why the election always concludes with the rising of white smoke
  • What powers the cardinals hold during the vacancy of the Holy See
  • Pope John Paul II's startling changes to the centuries-old election process
  • A day-by-day account of the balloting inside the Sistine Chapel
  • How the electors should behave during the conclave—even their "dress code"
  • Ancient rituals for confirming a pope's death—including striking him with a hammer!
  • A look at the list of probable successors to John Paul II

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The author of two religious novels centered on the Vatican (Conclave and Council), Catholic scholar Greg Tobin explains the complex history of papal elections in this lively and informative book. He illuminates details, examining the evolution of the balloting system and describing the changes John Paul II brought to the process of choosing his own successor. Finally, he analyzes potential successors and discusses what effect they would have on the Catholic Church.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402729546
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
03/03/2009
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

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