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Pope John Paul II: Reaching Out Across Borders (Reuters Prentice Hall Series on World Issues) Hardcover – February 18, 2003

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In this remarkable work, Reuters has assembled a collection of stunning images of Pope John Paul II alongwith a powerful text that gives fresh insight into the leader of the worldUs one billion Catholics andcharts his implacable opposition to communism, which changed the course of history.

The book depicts the tension between a reformist pope, reconciling churches and reaching out to ordinarypeople across the globe, and a conservative pope with uncompromising views on issues like women priestsand birth control.

Tracing the most traveled popeUs spiritual odyssey across continents, the book uses informative colorgraphics to illustrate his determined mission to extend the ChurchUs reach. The gallery of pictures rangesfrom the majesty of Vatican ceremony and papal trips to glimpses of the popeUs intense faith and goodhumor.

The book ends with a detailed and forwardlooking examination of the popeUs legacy, the state in which hehas left the Church and the succession. The narrative looks at the standing of the Catholic Church in therest of the world as it enters the third millennium.

The book draws on the expertise of a wealth of Reuters specialists, including Vatican correspondent PhilipPullella, a world-renowned expert on the pope and the workings of the tiny but powerful state.

About the Author

Reuters is the worldUs largest international multimedia news agency and a leading provider oftext, video, graphics and news pictures to the worldUs media, financial institutions, businesses andindividuals. Reuters has more than 18,000 staff in 97 countries, including some 2,500 journalists,photographers and TV professionals who cover the news as it breaks from 198 bureaus around theworld, in 26 languages. Its premier position is founded on a 150-year-old reputation for speed,accuracy, integrity and impartiality.

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Product Details

  • Series: Reuters Prentice Hall Series on World Issues
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Reuters Prentice Hall; English Language edition (February 18, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131408038
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131408036
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.9 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,423,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Last spring while visiting the mystical and beautiful hillside town of Assisi, Italy with my wife, we came upon an exhibit of photographs taken by Reuters photographers of Pope John Paul II displayed around a balcony above a beautiful courtyard by the basilica.
Wanting to move on with our afternoon, I reluctantly agreed to her request that we look at them, and we immediately became transfixed, not just by their colors, clarity and interesting poses of the Pope with various world figures, ordinary people, on his many journeys,etc.---but with the historic story they told of the now 25 years of his remarkable Pontificate and its impact not just on Catholics, but on the entire world. It is easy from the perspective of this new century to forget that just over a dozen years ago Poland and other great nations of eastern and central Europe were under Russia's heel---and it is due in no small part to this Pope that the evils of that communistic and repressive system fell in Warsaw, Prague, Berlin and ultimately Moscow itself.
So who could have predicted in 1978, 1989, or even in 2000 that a book chronicling this massive tidal wave of historic change, with excellent essays by its editor Phillip Pullella and others acting as a frame for the very special photos, would be published about the Pope reaching across national borders and political philosophies with forewords by the unlikely duo of Lech Walesa and Mikhail Gorbachev!
As we left the exhibit that day in Assisi, we commented to each other that the photographs deserved to be in a book for countless others who could not see them in person to enjoy. So even before seeing it I purchased several copies having a hunch it would be great, and it is the perfect book to have and to give as a gift. I have never written an Amazon (or any other)review before, but I am pleased and honored to do so for "Pope John Paul II:Reaching Out Across Borders."
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