John XXIII: A Short Biography

published by Franciscan Media | Trade Paperback | 64 pages
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His adult life was unremarkable; in his role as Papal Nuncio to France, he was considered an “affable amateur.” When he was elected pope in 1958, it was thought he would be a placeholder, someone who was easily controllable until the Curia could decide on a worthy successor. Instead, Giuseppe Roncalli, Pope John XXIII, distinguished himself by establishing a spirit of aggiornamento— “opening wide the windows of the Church”—and convened the Second Vatican Council in 1962. Stock #: B36751

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Patricia G.
A Pope for the People

This biography read well, and supplied information I didn’t know about this beloved saint. It is well worth the cost, and an enjoyable read.

Carlos Sanabria
Wonderful little book

This booklet piqued my interest and I will be getting a full biography on Pope John XXIII.

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Product Type:  Book

Item Number:  #B36751

ISBN:  9781616367510

Publication Date:  11/19/2013

BISAC:  RELIGION / Christian Living / General

Imprint:  Franciscan Media

Trim Size:  133.35 mm X 158.75 mm X 4.572 mm
(Approx. 5.25 in X 6.25 in X 0.16 in X )

Pages:  64

List Price:  $ 3.00