Council by Greg Tobin

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In this powerful sequel to Conclave, the acclaimed novel of the papacy, you will enter the shadowy corridors of the Vatican with the pope himself and go behind the scenes of the debates and intrigues that affect the lives of one billion Catholics around the world.

Council is the riveting story of the first American-born pope, who sends shock waves throughout the Catholic Church when he summons a new ecumenical council, or gathering of the world's bishops - the first since the revolutionary Vatican II in the 1960s. His mission: to bring crucial, long-needed changes to the life of the Church he loves.

Council is the passionate story of the men and women who are drawn into the maelstrom of faith and politics, passion and power. The pope who faces the most difficult crisis of his life . . . a beautiful journalist who loves a priest . . . a powerful Irish cardinal who bitterly opposes the pope's call for a council . . . a South American businessman who once served in a death squad . . . an American priest who is torn from his troubled parish to play a role in the pope's dream . . . all are front line soldiers in the battle of good against evil.

Council is the intimate, detailed look at the daily life and the crushing responsibilities of the papacy, as conflict and conspiracies whirl around the controversial figure of Celestine VI, the surprise choice of the cardinals in the aftermath of a terrorist assassination of a beloved pope. Told with authority and sensitivity, insight and knowledge, Council is a story you'll never forget.

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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 June 5, 2010 by Forge Books. 352 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Mix in a troubled parish priest called to Rome from New Jersey, his old Greek girlfriend (now a bureau chief in Rome), a girl from Bosnia-Herzegovina who has seen the Virgin six times and received ten secrets by her, a tumor on Mulrennan’s spine, a fanatical Argentine businessman sponsored by Eva...

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Tobin's latest novel about Catholic church hierarchy is a well-intentioned but unfocused, cluttered affair in which an American pope initiates a massive effort to take the church into the 21st century with a new ecumenical council.

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