By John W. O'Malley
A background of the Popes tells the tale of the oldest residing establishment within the Western world—the papacy. From its origins in Saint Peter, Jesus' leader disciple, via Pope Benedict XVI at the present time, the popes were key avid gamers in almost all the nice dramas of the western global within the final thousand years. Acclaimed church historian John W. O'Malley's attractive narrative examines the 265 people who have claimed to be Peter's successors. instead of describe every one pope one after the other, the booklet makes a speciality of the popes that formed pivotal moments in either church and international historical past. the writer doesn't draw back from controversies within the church, and contains legends like Pope Joan and a complete checklist of popes and antipopes to assist readers get an entire photograph of the papacy.
This concurrently reverent but serious booklet will attract readers drawn to either faith and heritage because it chronicles the saints and sinners who've led the Roman Catholic Church during the last 2000 years. the writer attracts from his well known audio CD lecture sequence at the subject, 2,000 Years of Papal historical past, to be had via Now you recognize Media (www.nowyouknowmedia.com).
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