From the Back Cover
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.