Good Pope PB

Good Pope PB

by Greg Tobin


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“John XXIII was, in the best possible sense, a revolutionary—a Pope of modernization who kept in continuity with the church’s past, yet made even the most enlightened of his 20th century predecessors seem like voices of another age.”
Time magazine

“The story of Good Pope John is always worth telling….Greg Tobin tells it very well. As we wait for better days, this story will help to keep hope alive.”
—Thomas Groome, Professor of Theology and Religious Education at Boston College, author of Will There Be Faith

Published in the 50th anniversary year of the historic Vatican Council II, The Good Pope by Greg Tobin is the first major biography of Pope John XXIII, a universally beloved religious leader who ushered in an era of hope and openness in the Catholic Church—and whose reforms, had they been accepted, would have enabled the church to avoid many of the major crises it faces today. Available prior to John XXIII’s likely canonization, Tobin’s The Good Pope is timely and important, offering a fascinating look at the legacy of Vatican Council II, an insightful investigation into the history of the Catholic Church, and a celebration of one of its true heroes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062089410
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 917,329
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Greg Tobin is publishing director of A.A. World Services. He is the author of multiple titles including Saints and Sinners and Holy Father (a biography of Pope Benedict XVI) and was featured widely in national and international media. He lives in West Orange, New Jersey, with his wife and sons.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Part I Priest and Protector

1 Pastor et Nauta, Shepherd and Navigator 3

2 Family, Youth, and Seminary (1881-1904) 9

3 Early Priesthood and Rome (1904-15) 25

4 The Great War and After (1915-25) 39

5 Bulgaria, Greece, and Turkey (1925-45) 55

6 France and Venice (1945-58) 75

Part II The Soul of a Pope

7 Election and First Days (October-December 1958) 97

8 The First Year (January-December 1959) 109

9 A Unique Pontificate (January-December 1960) 133

10 World in Crisis (January 1961-September 1962) 149

11 Aggiornamento, Si! (October 1962) 167

Part III Father of the Council

12 A New Pentecost? (November-December 1962) 185

13 Peace on Earth (January-April 1963) 201

14 Finis (May-June 1963) 219

15 The Good Pope and His Great Council 233

Acknowledgments 247

Notes 249

Sources 253

Index 257

What People are Saying About This

Mary Higgins Clark

“A beautiful and enlightening book about a humble priest who became one of the most powerful and beloved pontiffs in the history of Catholicism.”

James Martin

“You cannot understand contemporary Catholicism without understanding Pope John XXIII. Greg Tobin’s new marvelous book is a terrific introduction to the pope who changed the church, and to the man whose spiritual wisdom may change your life.”

Thomas Groome

“The story of Good Pope John is always worth telling but all the more so in the current climate of retreat from his vision of aggiornamento. Greg Tobin tells it very well. As we wait for better days, this story will help to keep hope alive.”

David Gibson

“This is the best single volume on John XXIII and the events he set in motion 50 years ago, transforming the church and the world.”

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