The Pope in Winter

The Pope in Winter : The Dark Face of John Paul II's Papacy

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The Late John Paul II was portrayed by admirers as one of history's great popes. But in The Pope in Winter, leading Vatican expert John Cornwell seriously questions the workings of his papacy and points to fundamental flaws - exacerbated by age and infirmity - that have alarming consequences for both the Catholic Church's future and John Paul II's successor.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 32mm | 222.26g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations, ports.
  • 0141020717
  • 9780141020716
  • 872,281

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"The instinct, inside the Vatican, is to cover up. Cornwell's is to expose, as a matter of urgency. His book is immaculately researched and his conclusions are deeply disturbing. The Pope in Winter should be read by every Roman Catholic, and by every other variety of Christian" (Sunday Times)

"Whether this papacy will be seen as triumph or disaster, or more likely a mixture of both, will be for history to decide. This account will be useful reading for those who attempt to make that judgement" (Independent)

"In this life of John Paul II, [Cornwell] celebrates his subject's achievements as well as deploring the mistakes" (The Economist)
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About John Cornwell

John Cornwell is the author of two best-selling books on the papacy: A Thief in the Night: the Mysterious Death of John Paul I; and Hitler's Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII. His Breaking Faith, a study of the Catholic Church at the millennium, was widely acclaimed. For fifteen years he has reported the Vatican for the Sunday Times, and for Vanity Fair in New York, and is a regular writer in the Catholic international weekly, The Tablet. He lives in London, Cambridge and Northamptonshire.
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