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Paul VI: The First Modern Pope
A thoughtful, highly-acclaimed biography of Giovanni Batista Montini, Paul VI, which sheds light on and powerfully underscores the personal and ecclesial sides of a man who brought modernity to the church.
Hardcover, 749 pages
Published May 1st 1993 by Paulist Press
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Sep 22, 2017 booklady rated it really liked it
This is an excellent biography in many respects. At 710 pages not counting the Appendices it is a monumental work, which covers the life of the late Giovanni Baptista Montini, Blessed Paul VI, Pope. It is a challenging read even for those who have grown-up with the Catholic Church. For example, I never dreamed there were so many Cardinals—and over of them are Italian! Finally I just gave up trying to keep track of the names, titles and offices. I am indebted to the author for the sheer volume o ...more
This is a fine piece of work and I enjoyed it even more than Hebblethwaite's account of Pope John XXIII. As before, he brings a sound laic understanding to the issues and leavens the tale with a hearty pinch of gossip. This is, however, more a biography of Paul's papacy rather than the man. Did he ever hear Sgt Pepper's? Which did he prefer, red or white wine? These sorts of details are absent from Hebblethwaite's book. On the other hand, Paul's commitment to ecumenism is justly celebrated and t ...more