The Surprising Pope

The Surprising Pope : Understanding the Thought of John Paul !!

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On the wave of Pope John Paul II's recent extraordinary journeys to places such as Cuba and Israel comes this new, accessible survey of his teachings from one of his closest associates. Father Maciej Zieba, a Pole who came back to Catholicism after studies in physics and activist efforts with Solidarnosc, was ordained as a Dominican priest. Young, media-savvy, and down-to-earth as well as erudite and profound, Father Zieba has become known in Poland as an engaging interpreter of the Pope's teachings. Published here in English are eleven 'conversations' originally interviews conducted for a series of programs on Polish television on the most important points of John Paul II's teachings. Journalist Adam Pawlowicz represents the reader in dialogue with Zieba, who not only clarifies these teachings but also confronts contemporary critiques. Tackling such complex issues as freedom, democracy, ecumenicalism, and sexuality with grace and equanimity, The Surprising Pope is a major contribution to our understanding of the papacy of John Paul more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 151 x 229 x 11mm | 272g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739101463
  • 9780739101469

Table of contents

Introduction - the Pope and the dominican; an explanation and an invitation; stereotypes; be not afraid! reading history; place demands on yourself; the lessons of solidarity; the test of freedom; democracy and the church; the Christian in the free market; sex and the church; our brothers and sisters - reflections on ecumenism; the church and the contemporary world; time - God's expression; diary of a Polish more

About Maciej Zieba

Maciej Zieba, O.P., is a close associate of John Paul II and regularly represents the Pope to the Polish media. He is the founder of the 'Tertio Millennio' Institut in Krakow. Karolina Weening has translated numerous books and articles in German, Italian, and Polish, and more