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Conclave: The Politics, Personalities, and Process of the Next Papal Election

3 Ratings: 2.3
A book by John L. Allen Jr.

Timely, informative, and engaging, this volume offers a popular and understandable review of the details involved in a papal election. Written by Vatican correspondent Allen (Cardinal Radzinger: The Vatican's Enforcer of the Faith), the book is free … see full wiki

Author: John L. Allen Jr.
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
Publisher: Image
3 reviews about Conclave: The Politics, Personalities, and...
review by . April 04, 2005
As a general overview, I heartily endorse the review posted below by Nathaniel Avignon. However, now that the event for which this book was prepared is upon us, I would add a few points.    Allen's overview of the process and personalities of Conclave strikes this non-Catholic reader as a remarkably thorough one, and a valuable resource to keep by your television and newspaper in the coming weeks (especially since Allen himself will be showing up as a commentator on Fox News). …
review by . November 18, 2002
I can't imagine it will be long before the next conclave is called into session, and this book is a handy guide to what we can expect. It also answers the interesting question of what the Pope does with a job description that should put any Cardinal off the job. Whatever the Pope does, from the intensely spiritual to the mundane, will satisfy no one. Although Catholics are united in the Creed, we're polarized in the particulars, divided by scandal, and so spread out - geographically as well as ideologically …
review by . June 19, 2002
. . .but marred in places by the author's political viewpoint."Conclave" is a well-written and informative book about exactly "how" the Catholic Church will go about selecting the new Pope upon the passing of Pope John Paul II. The author, a Rome-based journalist, has already been selected by Fox News as their correspondent and "expert" when the time comes. Especially helpful is the "step-by-step" description of what happens in the Vatican from the moment the Pope dies straight through his Coronation …
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