The End and the Beginning: Pope John Paul II -- The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy (2020)

The End and the Beginning: Pope John Paul II -- The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy George Weigel The End and the Beginning Pope John Paul II The Victory of Freedom the Last Years the Legacy As March gave way to April in the spring of and the world kept vigil outside the apostolic palace in Rome the pontificate of Pope John Paul II then drawing to a poignant end was already being
  • Title: The End and the Beginning: Pope John Paul II -- The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy
  • Author: George Weigel
  • ISBN: 9780385524797
  • Page: 310
  • Format: Hardcover
The End and the Beginning: Pope John Paul II -- The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy George Weigel As March gave way to April in the spring of 2005 and the world kept vigil outside the apostolic palace in Rome, the pontificate of Pope John Paul II, then drawing to a poignant end, was already being described as one of the most consequential in two millennia of Christian history With these words, world renowned author and NBC Vatican analyst George Weigel begins his lo As March gave way to April in the spring of 2005 and the world kept vigil outside the apostolic palace in Rome, the pontificate of Pope John Paul II, then drawing to a poignant end, was already being described as one of the most consequential in two millennia of Christian history With these words, world renowned author and NBC Vatican analyst George Weigel begins his long awaited sequel to the international bestseller Witness to Hope The Biography of Pope John Paul II More than ten years in the making, The End and the Beginning Pope John Paul II The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy tells the dramatic story of the Pope s battle with communism in light of new and recently disclosed information and brings to a close Weigel s landmark portrait of a man who not only left an indelible mark on the Catholic Church, but also changed the course of world history When he was elected pope in the fall of 1978, few people had ever heard of the charismatic Karol Wojty a But in a very short time he would ignite a revolution of conscience in his native Poland that would ultimately lead to the collapse of European communism and death of the Soviet Union What even fewer people knew was that the KGB, the Polish Secret Police, and the East German Stasi had been waging a dangerous, decades long war against Wojty a and the Vatican itself Weigel, with unprecedented access to many Soviet era documents, chronicles John Paul s struggle against the dark forces of communism Moreover, Weigel recounts the tumultuous last years of John Paul s life as he dealt with a crippling illness as well as the new world disorder and revelations about corruption within the Catholic Church Weigel s thought provoking biography of John Paul II concludes 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.
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  1. Victor

    This was like a reference book than a book that you were supposed to read from front to back I normally like a bunch of detail, but this time Weigel seriously needed an editor and not the first time I liked Pope John Paul II, and I m glad that Weigel wrote this, but I had some issues when he criticizes Pope John Paul II I am not saying that anyone is perfect, but Weigel criticized Pope John Paul II for not being supportive of the war in Iraq From my point of view, that was not the Pope s job A [...]

  2. Doug

    A brilliant author who wrote well and deep about a brilliant man BTW I am not a Catholic, but an evangelical A must read for anyone interested in 20th 21st centuries based philosophy, politics, and theology.

  3. Czarny Pies

    The End and the Beginning is the second volume of George Weigel s biography of John Paul II It is currently the best book on the last five years of John Paul II s life and may always be George Weigel is a theology professor who can understand and explain theological arguments in laymen s terms He was selected by John Paul II s entourage to write the biography and benefitted from as much access to those close to Jean Paul as he felt he needed Finally, he took the time to use all the resources at [...]

  4. Gil Michelini

    I thought I was somewhat informed on the pontificate of Pope John Paul II but George Weigel showed me in this excellent book how little I knew about Pope John Paul II the Great.The first part of the book tells an amazing story of the Church in Poland under the Nazis and then the Communist I am embarrassed that I have ever placed my faith secondary to anything after hearing these stories of people willing during my lifetime to endure torture and even death rather than reject their faith in Christ [...]

  5. Brent

    I thought the first George Weigel book about JPII really sparkled in the early sections where it dealt with the childhood of Wojtyla, the narrative of Poland under the Nazis, of the suffering of many groups, and of John Paul s life during the war, and I thought that this part alone made the book worth reading I have similar feelings this newer book The descriptions of life in Cold War Poland, now updated with much information about the life of Archbishop Karol Wojty a in Poland later Pope JPII , [...]

  6. Richard Stephenson

    I really liked it I knew Pope John Paul II was a very great man but I had NO IDEA.The struggles, the difficulties, the constant torment from political agencies of destruction meant nothing Not to say they didn t get in the way, but nothing stopped this holy man from doing the good Lord s work in the world.And with such love, humor, and all encompassing compassion forever putting aside his own physical pain and suffering to focus on serving the world Amazing.Now I couldn t give it 5 s because the [...]

  7. Andrew Jones

    An exhaustive take on John Paul II s involvement in the fall of communism in Poland and the last years of his pontificate, Weigel s The End and the Beginning provides a treasure trove of new information about the Polish pope laid out in a somewhat confusing manner I wonder if the main points of Part III, in which Weigel lays out his assessment of the pontificate, could have been better incorporated throughout the preceding sections to give the book a digestible organization Only in the last par [...]

  8. Linda

    The true story of Karol Wojtyola s life s journal from this beginning in war torn Poland to the end as Pope John Paul 11.It covers each and every detail of his life as he experienced it It also covers the actions of those who saw him as their greatest enemy during his forty year struggle against communism.In order to realize the role he played in the downfall of communism you must read it slowly including the Notes It not a quick read The book covers one of histories most dangerous times With an [...]

  9. Pete Iseppi

    There were many who did not like Pope John Paul II However, there were MANY who did than didn t, and VERY few that did not at least respect him There is no doubt that he was one of a handful of Giants of the 20th century In my opinion, he was an amazing man You know that game where you pick the figures from history that you would like to invite to dinner, and then discuss your choices Well, Pope JPII would be at the top of my list To spice things up, I think that I d seat him between Charlie Sh [...]

  10. Don Mario

    La prima parte dell opera ricostruisce le vicende dei rapporti tra Karol Woytjla e il blocco sovietico Grazie all apertura di archivi segreti e le testimonianze dei protagonisti, emerge un quadro appassionante e davvero inedito.La seconda parte percorre da vicino gli ultimi anni della vita di Giovanni Paolo II e presenta un livello di dettaglio francamente eccessivo per i miei interessi Non credo che trover mai il tempo di finirlo.Metterei quattro stelle per la prima parte, ma solo tre per l ins [...]

  11. Wendy

    This is another book that I have not read in it s entirety yet It is a difficult, complicated read, but worth it It is so interesting to read about the political situation while Blessed Pope John Paul II was in the Vatican Things that the outside world had no idea had going on I definitely recommend this book

  12. Conor

    Over a decade after he wrote Witness to Hope, George Weigel is back with a fascinating account of John Paul II s fight against communism and the last years of his pontificate Weigel is a great story teller and Karol Wojytla John Paul II comes alive in these pages This is no small book, but the pace is great and Weigel keeps you interested.

  13. Brian

    George Weigel is one of the foremost authors who stays abreast of contemporary issues surrounding the on going dialogue between the Church and the world But in this book, he reveals the unknown, untold story of the life of an incredible man and beyond any doubt a true witness to Christ Pope John Paul II, before he was Pope Karol Wojtyla A great read, very gripping.

  14. John Cawley

    So far, extremely impressive, particularly in its ability to accurately describe Communist governments, their nature, activities, and their suppression of any competing influences, i.e Catholicism in Poland.

  15. Curmudgeon66

    The first part of this, about the fall of communism is quite interesting I m only about half way through Some sections are a bit of a slog to get through, just like Weigel s first book about JPII But I am learning alot.

  16. Luke Reisdorf

    Definitely a thick read, the first third of the book seemed the most interesting regarding the communist handling of Pope John Paul II.

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