Conclave by Greg Tobin
(Holy See Trilogy)

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Born and raised in suburban New Jersey, Timothy John Mulrennan has known since childhood a deep and abiding faith in his God and his Church that leads him to a career as a priest-and propels him onto the stage of world events that include the Second Vatican Council, the Vietnam War, and the election of the first Supreme Pontiff of the Roman Catholic church of the third millennium. Along the way he encounters some of the most remarkable characters in contemporary fiction: Henry Martin Vennholme, leader of the conservative lay movement called Evangelium Christi, and Mulrennan's bitterest enemy within the church . . . Rachel Seredi, a beautiful artist from Hungary who falls in love with Bishop Mulrennan and gives him the greatest gift a woman ever could...Cardinal Leandro Biagi, a wily and urbane politician who would be at home in the time of the Medicis and Borgias...and Jaime de Guzman, the Archbishop of Manila and longtime friend of Tim Mulrennan's, the one man who speaks in the American's defense during the divided conclave and who pays the ultimate price for his honesty and faith in God.

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About Greg Tobin

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Greg Tobin is vice president at Seton Hall University, one of the oldest and largest Catholic universities in the United States. He is the author of The Wisdom of St. Patrick, Saints and Sinners, Holy Father (a biography of Pope Benedict XVI), and Was Jesus Really Born on Christmas? The Catholic Origins of Holy Days, Holidays and Every Day and co-general editor of Religion in America. He has been featured widely in national and international media, including The New York Times, CBS, MSNBC, Fox News, and countless radio stations. He lives in West Orange, New Jersey with his wife and sons.
 
Published April 1, 2007 by Forge Books. 464 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Tobin (The Wisdom of St. Patrick, not reviewed) speculates about what might happen when a conclave gathers in Rome to elect a new pope.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Conclave (Holy See Trilogy)

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Whenever a Catholic priest shows up in a TV movie, it's an odds-on bet the plot involves sex or the seal of the confessional. The same holds true for this novel about American Cardinal Timothy

Jun 11 2001 | Read Full Review of Conclave (Holy See Trilogy)

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