The Pope Who Quit by Jon M. Sweeney
A True Medieval Tale of Mystery, Death, and Salvation

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The riveting story of Pope St. Celestine V, the pope who retired from the papacy.

At the close of the tumultuous Middle Ages, there lived a man who seemed destined from birth to save the world. His name was Peter Morrone, a hermit, a founder of a religious order, and, depending on whom you talk to, a reformer, an instigator, a prophet, a coward, a saint, and possibly the victim of murder. A stroke of fate would, practically overnight, transform this humble servant of God into the most powerful man in the Catholic Church. Half a year later, he would be the only pope in history to abdicate the chair of St. Peter, an act that nearly brought the papacy to its knees. What led him to make that decision and what happened afterward would be shrouded in mystery for centuries. The Pope Who Quit pulls back the veil of secrecy on this dramatic time in history and showcases a story that involves deadly dealings, apocalyptic maneuverings, and papal intrigue.

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About Jon M. Sweeney

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JON M. SWEENEY is an author, a book publisher, and a popular speaker. He is the editor of The Road to Assisi: The Essential Biography of St. Francis and the author of many books, including Verily, Verily: The KJV-400 Years of Influence and Beauty. He lives in Vermont with his wife and three children.
Published February 14, 2012 by Image. 306 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Religion & Spirituality, Travel, Education & Reference, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Sweeney declares that Peter proved utterly incompetent as a pope because he did not have “a political bone in his body” and “did not understand how to live and succeed among powerful men on earth,” even though he had traveled extensively, lobbied popes and cardinals and built and administered an ...

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He was consecrated Pope Celestine V in August 1294 and resigned, the only pope ever to have done so, five months later.

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Celestine is a rare exception–a humble and spiritual man, he knew that he was not cut out to be pope, and that it might, in fact, be his spiritual undoing.

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- George Bernard Shaw Religions Around the World Religious makeup of Bosnia and Herzegovina, according to CIA World Factbook: Muslim: 40 percent Orthodox: 31 percent Roman Catholic: 15 percent Other: 14 percent GateHouse News Service In the pope's final public address Wedn...

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