Their Lives, Our Lessons
"Why did I pick the popes you'll meet in the pages of this book? Why not Gregory I, whom many would call the greatest pope of all time? Why not Leo X, who was pope at the beginning of the Protestant revolt? Why not Leo XIII, who boldly stood up for the rights of workers?
"Well, believe me, I wish I could have told all their stories. Every pope is by definition a remarkable man. But I think the popes whose stories you'll read here are worth knowing because they show how the papacy itself developed and how Christ kept His promise to his bride, the Church - not only in her health but also in her sickness. The great popes advanced our understanding of Christian doctrine, and what's more remarkable, the worst popes could do nothing to damage the teaching of the Church.
"I should admit that I have a personal reason for including John Paul II on my list. He's the only pope who ever kissed my children. I think he's interesting for other reasons too, but I wanted to be honest with you." - from the introduction
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