Two New Books are Essential Resources for John XXIII and John Paul II Canonizations

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978-0-385-52480-3On April 27, 2014 – Divine Mercy Sunday – Popes John XXIII and John Paul II will be declared saints in a historic double canonization ceremony. It is speculated that over 1 million people will flock to St. Peter’s Square to witness this significant moment.

The End and the Beginning: Pope John Paul II – The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy

The End and the Beginning is the thought-provoking biography of John Paul II by internationally renowned author George Weigel. In it, Weigel recounts the tumultuous last years of John Paul’s life with a probing and passionate assessment of a man who lived his life as a witness to hope in service to the Christian ideals he embraced.

John L. Allen Jr., associate editor at The Boston Globe and author of The Global War on Christians called it “essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the man and the Church he led for a quarter- century.”

The book is the result of fifteen years of conversations with John Paul II himself and previously unrevealed communist secret police files. The author gained access to a number of secret Soviet-era police files which show how spies had infiltrated not only the Church in Poland during the Pope’s early years as a priest and Bishop, but the Vatican itself during John Paul II’s papacy.

“This book is the Rosetta Stone of John Paul II’s life and legacy,” said Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight and Chief Executive Officer of the Knights of Columbus. “Only George Weigel’s masterful combination of rare opportunities and rarer intuitive skill could do justice to John Paul II’s epic life that changed the world. If you really want to know John Paul II and his legacy, The End and the Beginning is indispensable reading.”

About the Author

GEORGE WEIGEL, Distinguished Senior Fellow of Washington’s Ethics and Public Policy Center, is one of the world’s leading authorities on the Catholic Church. The Vatican analyst for NBC News, Weigel is the author of fifteen books, including the New York Times bestseller Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II. His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages.

978-0-385-49754-1Journal of a Soul: The Autobiography of Pope John XXIII

Journal of a Soul is an inspiring reading experience that records this pope’s thoughts and traces his spiritual development from adolescence to the seminary to a career as a priest, a European papal diplomat, Patriarch of Venice, and finally Pope John XXIII.

This Image Books edition features a biographical portrait of Pope John by his personal secretary, Monsignor Loris Capovilla. It also includes several of his most moving prayers, sixty brief thoughts and aphorisms, his “Rules for the Ascetic Life,” many of his letters, even his last will and testament.

The New York Times Book Review called it “indispensable for those who would understand the mind which originated the updating of the Roman Catholic Church.”

About the Author

POPE JOHN XXIII (1881-1963) is celebrated for convening the Second Vatican Council, commonly regarded as the most important event in religious history since the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century. 

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Copyright 2014 Lisa M. Hendey

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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