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The end and the beginning : Pope John Paul II : the struggle for freedom, the last years, the legacy

Author: George Weigel
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Weigel tells the dramatic story of Pope John Paul II's battle with communism, creating a landmark portrait of a man who left an indelible mark on the Catholic Church and changed the course of world history.
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Named Person: John Paul, Pope; John Paul, Pope; Johannes Paul, Papst; 2) Johannes Paul (Papst
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: George Weigel
ISBN: 9780385524797 038552479X
OCLC Number: 436029963
Description: xiv, 565 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: The Millennial Pope --
A pope of many surprises --
Roots --
The impact of Vatican II --
Evangelical papacy --
Global witness --
One. Nemesis: Karol Wojtyła vs. Communism 1945-1989 --
1. Opening gambits --
Poland's fate --
The rigors of Stalinism --
A leader of consequence --
A new way of ministry --
Making arguments for freedom --
2. Defensor civitatis --
A bishop on the front lines --
The first years of the Vatican Ostpolitik --
Target: Wojtyła --
A new archbishop swindles the regime --
"Disintegrating" the Catholic Church --
In defense of the rights of all --
A very dangerous man --
3. Confrontation --
A Polish pope --
Moles in the Vatican --
Nine days to change the world --
The rise of Solidarity --
The mark of Cain --
Diplomats and stability --
A state at war with a nation --
4. Victory --
Solidarity goes underground --
An attempt at blackmail --
Restoring hope --
Martyrdom --
Sowing seeds of freedom --
The Revolution of 1989 --
Evaluating the Ostpolitik --
The man in the pivot. Two. Kenosis: The last years of Pope John Paul II 2000-2005 --
5. The great jubilee of 2000: up to Jerusalem --
The meaning of a millennium --
Athe the Holy Door --
On pilgrimage with Abraham and Moses --
The cleansing of conscience --
To walk where Jesus walked --
6. The great jubilee of 2000: into the deep --
The fullness of witness --
Homage to the Virgin --
Priests for the third millennium, and a birthday party --
A great procession of young people --
The uniqueness of Christ --
Putting out the nets for a catch --
7. The turbulence of history: 2001-2002 --
The mission continues --
On the Mars Hill of modernity --
Bringing Ukraine into Europe --
A world transformed by wickedness --
Bishops as evangelists --
Scandal and crisis in America --
Struggling with Orthodoxy --
Triumph in Toronto --
The Rosary renewed --
8. Darkening valley: 2003-2004 --
Return of a poet --
The Eucharist and the Church --
War, again --
Europe in crisis --
Following John of the Cross --
To defend life --
Episcopal memories --
Among the sick --
9. The last encyclical: January-April 2005 --
Cheerful realism --
Remembering the twentieth century --
Final illness --
Along the way of the cross --
To the Father's house --
The world's tribute --
John Paul the Great? Three. Metanoia: A disciple's life explored --
10. From inside --
The interior lives of great men --
Ongoing conversion --
Faith, hope, and love --
A man in full --
The cardinal virtues --
The drama of a cruciform life --
11. The measure of a pontificate --
A surprising preparation --
An unprecedented record --
Ten enduring accomplishments --
Questions of context --
What didn't go right --
The Christian radical and the new humanism.
Responsibility: George Weigel.

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Weigel tells the dramatic story of Pope John Paul II's battle with communism, creating a landmark portrait of a man who left an indelible mark on the Catholic Church and changed the course of world history.

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