By John W. O'Malley
A heritage of the Popes tells the tale of the oldest residing establishment within the Western world—the papacy. From its origins in Saint Peter, Jesus' leader disciple, via Pope Benedict XVI this day, the popes were key gamers in almost all the nice dramas of the western international within the final thousand years. Acclaimed church historian John W. O'Malley's attractive narrative examines the 265 people who have claimed to be Peter's successors. instead of describe every one pope one after the other, the publication makes a speciality of the popes that formed pivotal moments in either church and global historical past. the writer doesn't turn away from controversies within the church, and comprises legends like Pope Joan and a complete checklist of popes and antipopes to aid readers get a whole photograph of the papacy.
This at the same time reverent but severe booklet will entice readers attracted to either faith and historical past because it chronicles the saints and sinners who've led the Roman Catholic Church during the last 2000 years. the writer attracts from his renowned audio CD lecture sequence at the subject, 2,000 Years of Papal historical past, on hand via Now you recognize Media (www.nowyouknowmedia.com).
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