Title Heirs Of The Fisherman: Behind The Scenes Of Papal Death And Succession.
Book Condition Hardcover with dustjacket. Like New.
Edition Fourth Printing.
Publisher Oxford University Press, Oxford: 2004.
0195178343 / 9780195178340
Seller ID 39907X1
A former Vatican insider offers a wealth of valuable information on the death of Pope John Paul II and consequent election and succession of Pope Benedict XVI. John-Peter Pham sheds light on a political process that the world has not been privy to for almost twenty-six years. People from around the world gathered in St. Peter's Square, wondering who the next Vatican leader would be and how the election process really worked, while everyone from international news correspondents to local priests added their own opinions to the debate. With Heirs of the Fisherman, this former Vatican insider presents us with a highly accurate portrait of the modern Vatican, - the only account to reveal the striking changes to papal succession procedures made by John Paul II. Blending political and ecclesiastical history, Pham goes beyond a mere description of the complex rituals - including a rare insight into the dramatic shifts inside the College of Cardinals, whose 100 members now hail from 50 nations around the globe. He takes us into the secret conclave, where the electors were kept under lock and key, until they had selected a new pope, and details a fascinating chronicle of political intrigue set in the context of ritual. He also includes a chapter devoted to the intrigues of the 20th century where the first conclave had an emperor's veto and the last was won by the first non-Italian in four centuries becauase the Italians were bitterly divided. This is a most illuminating history and must-have guide to this vitally important world event. It will continue to be an indispensable reference to watchers of future Catholic Church politics.
(Key Words: Roman Catholicism, John-Peter Pham, Popes, Pope John-Paul II, World War II, Vatican, Second Vatican Council, Pius XII, Paul VI, John Paul I, Leo XIII, Eastern Churches, Benedict XV, Annuario Ponfico, Benedict XVI).