George Weigel, one of the world's preeminent authors on the Catholic Church, revisits the life of Pope John Paul II in this long-anticipated sequel to his "New York Times" bestseller "Witness to Hope." The End And The Beginning by George Weigel presents chapters that focus on the turbulent last years of his life.
"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 End And The Beginning by George Weigel tells the dramatic story of Pope John Paul II's battle with communism in light of new and recently disclosed information and brings to a close George 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 Wojtyla. 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 Karol Wojtyla and the Vatican itself. In The End And The Beginning by George Weigel, the author, 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 Pope John Paul II'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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