On November 23, 1958, Cardinal Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, the son of peasant Italian farmers, became Pope John XXIII. Widely expected to be a transitional pope, John surprised the Church hierarchy and the world by convoking an ambitious ecumenical council—the first such council in more than a century—to bring the Catholic Church into the modern era. "I want to throw open the windows of the Church," he said, "so that we can see out and the people can see in." Broken into four sessions and held over four years, the Second Vatican Council ("a new Pentecost," according to John) breathed new life into the Church and its pastoral mission, knocking down the centuries-old wall between the Church hierarchy and the laity and repositioning the Church as a universal instrument of hope, justice, and compassion for people of all faiths.
Fifty years after he convened the Second Vatican Council, Pope John XXIII remains one of the most beloved and remarkable fi gures in the history of the Catholic Church. Affectionately known as Il Buono Papa, or the Good Pope, John is remembered today by Catholics and non-Catholics alike as an enduring symbol of peace, ecumenicalism, and Christian spirituality. In The Good Pope, Greg Tobin recounts John's remarkable story, from his impoverished childhood in Bergamo, Italy, and his successful tenure as a papal ambassador in war-torn Europe to his surprise ascendancy to the throne of St. Peter. In the process, he traces John's legacy as the spiritual father of the modern Church and explains why the Good Pope and his great council are as vital, vibrant, and important to Catholicism as ever before. Meticulously researched and engaging, The Good Pope captures the heart, soul, and spirit of the man who ushered in a new era of religion in the twentieth century.
The last chapter is the best part. Describes a modern day saint. What an impact he must have made on Pope Francis.Published 5 months ago by Dorothy Clark
A very interesting book about St. John XXIII. I found out a lot that i didn't know.Published 9 months ago by Lynn
The book gives you so many unknown details of St John XXIII that makes you admire his live and his courage. A Great Good Pope.Published 11 months ago by Floridana
This is a wonderful recounting of the life and holiness of this new saint of the Church. It also presents a great accounting of the early struggles of the Second Vatican Council... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Bell' Italia
An excellent insight on the life of one of our newest saints. Saint John XXIII started his life as a peasant farmer and made a positive impact on our faith.Published 13 months ago by Manon Meunier
I was reading this book for a book club. It was interesting and I learned a lot but the material is presented in a more factual, textbook manner. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kate
Well done. The first part outlines St. John as a man. The second details his accomplishments as Pope building on the incredible person that emerged in the first part.Published 13 months ago by Michael W. Gallagher