This is a fascinating work on the intricacies of the Papacy over the centuries. For instance, Simon Bar-Jona or the Apostle Peter was the first Pope. Guarducci concluded that a box found in the Vatican Grottoes contained the bones of Peter wrapped in purple clothing laced with golden threads. Peter is said to be buried in the Basilica of Rome.
Linus, the second Pope ordered women to cover their heads while in Church. St. Anacletus presided over the Church during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius on 8-24- 79AD.
The volume contains thousands of facts pertinent to the Papacy over the centuries beginning with the first Pope-the Apostle Peter. Each Pope is listed together with a brief bibliography and highlights of the involved reign over the Church from the election until the end of the Papal tenure. The fact checking alone would be a considerable job for any scholar to accomplish. This volume would be perfect for a religious studies or world history course.
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