Selecting the Pope

Selecting the Pope

Uncovering the Mysteries of Papal Elections

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An updated version of the compelling guide by award-winning author Greg Tobin. Tobin reveals all the rules and rituals involved in the secretive process of electing the pope, along with the rich history of the conclave and the key concerns that will shape the future of the Catholic Church. This edition features new information on the death and funeral of John Paul II, a revised and up-to-the-minute "Issues" section, and coverage of Pope Benedict’s most recent trip to the US, as well as a discussion of his relationship to the Islamic world. Plus, Tobin offers some thoughts on who the next pope might be, examining the potential contenders and hazarding some predictions.

Baker & Taylor
Describes the process of selecting a pope along with a history of papal elections and the challenges facing a new pope.

Book News
Tobin, senior adviser for communications at Seton Hall U., explains how the pope is elected, the rules and regulations of the process, and the history and development of papal elections. He discusses the office of the papacy, the sources and meanings of the current election process, the role of the sacred college of cardinals, and other aspects. This edition has been revised to include a discussion of the death of John Paul II and the enclave that elected Benedict XVI, an updated foreword, an appendix of Cardinal Electors, election rules as established by Benedict, an examination of current issues facing the Catholic Church such as its relationship with Islam, gender, and sexual abuse, and possible successors to Benedict. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York, NY : Sterling, c2009
Edition: Rev. ed
ISBN: 9781402729546
Characteristics: xxviii, 196 p. ; 21 cm


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