Selecting the Pope: Uncovering the Mysteries of Papal Elections

Selecting the Pope: Uncovering the Mysteries of Papal Elections

by Greg Tobin
     
 

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Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation as the head of the Roman Catholic Church on Monday, February 11, 2013. His history-making announcement, being the first pope to resign in 600-years, kicked off one of the most secretive and selective processes—the election of a new Pope.

 

Award-winning author Greg Tobin offers a

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Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation as the head of the Roman Catholic Church on Monday, February 11, 2013. His history-making announcement, being the first pope to resign in 600-years, kicked off one of the most secretive and selective processes—the election of a new Pope.

 

Award-winning author Greg Tobin offers a compelling guide to what will surely be one of the most important and headline-making events in modern history. Every rule of this process receives close scrutiny, as does the rich history behind the conclave and the key issues that will shape the future of the Catholic Church at a time when it is in crisis, in the U.S. and abroad. Following the election of Pope John Paul II's successor and current Pope, Benedict XVI, 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; and what startling changes Pope John Paul II made to the centuries-old procedures. Look back at some of the more than 200 holy men and scoundrels, geniuses and mediocrities who have held the lofty position of Pope. In addition, there's a day-by-day account of the balloting inside the Sistine Chapel.


Whether your interest is historical, religious, or political, you'll enjoy a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the Vatican.

Editorial Reviews

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:
9781402774409
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
09/10/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
859,574
File size:
979 KB

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