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Angelo Roncalli was elected Pope in 1958 and in four and a half years, through summoning the Second Vatican Council and putting in hand a major revision of the code of Canon Law, had transformed the Roman Catholic Church. Through his personality and teaching, and his initiatives with world leaders, he gave the papacy a new vision and set before the Catholic Church a new version of its mission to the world. Today many people throughout the world see Pope John XXIII as one of the twentieth-century's most loved and influential figures.
Peter Hebblethwaite (b. 1930) was considered the foremost "Vaticanologist" in the English-speaking world and wrote the definitive biography, in addition to this one, of Paul VI: The First Modern Pope (1993). He died in December 1994.
Preface; Prologue; 24 chapters - the biography; Bibliography and sources; Appendix: The Roman Curia; Index
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