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The Resource Witness to hope : the biography of Pope John Paul II, George Weigel

Witness to hope : the biography of Pope John Paul II, George Weigel

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Witness to hope : the biography of Pope John Paul II
Title
Witness to hope
Title remainder
the biography of Pope John Paul II
Statement of responsibility
George Weigel
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
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New York Times Notable Book, 1999
Review
A study that pays homage without degenerating into hagiography. Weigel has studied and written about Karol Wojtyla (pronounced "voy-TEE-wah"), better known as Pope John Paul II, for two decades. Here he records in detail—but, thankfully, not too much detail—the colorful events of the pope's life. After discussing Wojtyla's origins in Wadowice, Poland, Weigel gives an account of his work in avant-garde theater, his study in a clandestine seminary during WWII, his consecration as a bishop in 1958, his election as the first Slavic pope. In his examination of Wojtyla's papal career, Weigel pays close attention to his role in the collapse of communism (first explored in The Final Revolution: The Resistance Church and the Collapse of Communism, 1992), his writings and teachings on sexual intimacy, his international travel. According to Weigel, John Paul II's papacy has consisted primarily of variations on a single theme, first expressed in the pope's inaugural encyclical "Redemptor Hominis—: "Christian humanism as the Church's response to the crisis of world civilization at the end of the twentieth century." Working with the assumption that only people in freedom can encounter God's love, John Paul II has believed that the Church has an obligation to safeguard human freedom. Concomitant with this pledge to work for freedom runs an evangelistic streak. Drawing on Augustine's notion that human hearts are "restless until [they] rest in" God, the pope has held throughout his career that modern anxiety, malaise, and restlessness can only be quelled through Christ, so, as John Paul II's Church has worked for human freedom, it has also evidenced a rather Protestant-esque commitment to spreading the Gospel message. Massive in scope and length, and written with the pope's cooperation, Weigel's biography is sure to be the definitive work on Pope John Paul II for years to come. (illustrations, not seen) (Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 1999)
Biography type
individual biography
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157780
Cataloging source
DLC
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1951-
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Weigel, George
Dewey number
  • 282/.092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
BX1378.5
LC item number
.W45 1999
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • John Paul
  • Popes
Target audience
adult
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the biography of Pope John Paul II
Label
Witness to hope : the biography of Pope John Paul II, George Weigel
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [947]-956) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiv, 992 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780060932862
Lccn
99026340
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • 41070948
  • 331759
Label
Witness to hope : the biography of Pope John Paul II, George Weigel
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [947]-956) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiv, 992 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780060932862
Lccn
99026340
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • 41070948
  • 331759

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