Pope John XXIII by Thomas Cahill
A Penguin Life (Penguin Lives)

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THOMAS CAHILL's appealing approach to distant history has won the attention of millions of readers in North America and beyond. Cahill is the author of five previous volumes in the Hinges of History series: How the Irish Saved Civilization, The Gifts of the Jews, Desire of the Everlasting Hills, Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea, and Mysteries of the Middle Ages. They have been bestsellers not only in the United States, but also in countries ranging from Italy to Brazil. His last book was A Saint on Death Row.

Author Residence: New York, NY
Published January 29, 2008 by Penguin Books. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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the revolution of Pope John XXIII and the Second Vatican Council briefly returned it to fidelity to the Gospel, but it was derailed again by the Thermidor of vacillating Paul VI and the reactionary restoration of John Paul II.

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When he was elected pope in 1958, most Catholics assumed he would be a transitional figure, never expecting that he would instigate the most sweeping reforms the Church had seen since the Catholic Reformation—from doubling the salaries of Vatican employees to redefining some of the Church's found...

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