A History of the Popes: From Peter to the Present

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 at the present time, the popes were key avid gamers in almost all the nice dramas of the western international within the final thousand years. Acclaimed church historian John W. O'Malley's enticing narrative examines the 265 people who have claimed to be Peter's successors. instead of describe every one pope one after the other, the publication specializes in the popes that formed pivotal moments in either church and global historical past. the writer doesn't shrink back from controversies within the church, and comprises legends like Pope Joan and a entire checklist of popes and antipopes to assist readers get a whole photograph of the papacy.

This concurrently reverent but serious publication will entice readers drawn to either faith and background 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 History, on hand via Now you recognize Media (www.nowyouknowmedia.com).

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