A History of the Popes: From Peter to the Present by John W. O'Malley

By John W. O'Malley

A historical past 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 this present day, the popes were key avid gamers in almost the entire 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 each one pope one after the other, the booklet specializes in the popes that formed pivotal moments in either church and international heritage. the writer doesn't draw back from controversies within the church, and contains legends like Pope Joan and a finished record of popes and antipopes to aid readers get a whole photograph of the papacy.

This concurrently reverent but severe e-book will attract readers attracted to either faith and heritage because it chronicles the saints and sinners who've led the Roman Catholic Church over the last 2000 years. the writer attracts from his renowned audio CD lecture sequence at the subject, 2,000 Years of Papal heritage, on hand via Now you recognize Media (www.nowyouknowmedia.com).

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