The Good Pope by Greg Tobin
The Making of a Saint and the Remaking of the Church--The Story of John XXIII and Vatican II

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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.


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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 September 25, 2012 by HarperOne. 291 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Travel. Non-fiction

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Roncalli was appointed by the more liberal Benedict XV for missionary work, then by Pius XI and Pius XII for diplomatic missions in Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey and postwar France.

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The Good Pope: John XXIII & Vatican II--The Making of a Saint and the Remaking of the Church by Greg Tobin is a biography of Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, the Pope.

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