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Der Papst ist tot. Die um den Heiligen Stuhl buhlenden Gegner formieren sich: Traditionalisten, Modernisten, Schwarzafrikaner, Südamerikaner ... Kardinal Lomeli, den eine Glaubenskrise plagt, leitet das schwierige Konklave. Als sich die Pforten hinter den 117 Kardinälen schließen, trifft ein allen unbekannter Nachzügler ein. Der verstorbene Papst hatte den Bischof von Bagdad im Geheimen zum Kardinal ernannt. Ist der aufrechte Kirchenmann der neue Hoffnungsträger in Zeiten von Krieg und Terror – oder ein unerbittlicher Rivale mit ganz eigenen Plänen? Die Welt wartet, dass weißer Rauch aufsteigt ...
A captivating insider’s guide to the politics and personalities that will have a tremendous impact on one of the world’s most secretive and important events–the election of a pope. The next time a conclave unfolds in Rome, some 6,000 journalists are expected to descend on the Eternal City to cover the death of John Paul II and report on the election of his successor. The man in white who emerges from the Sistine Chapel at its conclusion will automatically become one of the most important figures on earth, a leader who commands a unique combination of political and spiritual power. Depending on how he chooses to exercise that power, governments and political systems may rise or fall, religious wars may heat up or abate, and the Church may undergo a radical transformation–from changes in its stances on such issues as sexuality, the place of women in the Church, to the role of the papacy itself. Conclave is a fascinating look at the election process and at what this headline-making occasion will mean to the world. John L. Allen, Jr., takes readers behind the scenes to reveal the issues, parties, and people most likely to determine the outcome. Setting the election within a broader context, he explains why it matters who becomes pope, discusses their role in the modern world, and examines the issues that will form the agenda of the next papacy. Although the book is not intended as a “handicapper’s guide,” Allen does offer his own informed list of the “top twenty” contenders for the position. He creates, as well, a classification system that clarifies the differences among the informal political parties that exist within the College of Cardinals, the body of 130-plus men who will elect John Paul II’s successor. In conclusion, he presents a critical, independent-minded profile of each of those cardinals–for one of them will certainly be the new pope.
Born and raised in suburban New Jersey, Timothy John Mulrennan has known since childhood a deep and abiding faith in his God and his Church that leads him to a career as a priest-and propels him onto the stage of world events that include the Second Vatican Council, the Vietnam War, and the election of the first Supreme Pontiff of the Roman Catholic church of the third millennium. Along the way he encounters some of the most remarkable characters in contemporary fiction: Henry Martin Vennholme, leader of the conservative lay movement called Evangelium Christi, and Mulrennan's bitterest enemy within the church . . . Rachel Seredi, a beautiful artist from Hungary who falls in love with Bishop Mulrennan and gives him the greatest gift a woman ever could...Cardinal Leandro Biagi, a wily and urbane politician who would be at home in the time of the Medicis and Borgias...and Jaime de Guzman, the Archbishop of Manila and longtime friend of Tim Mulrennan's, the one man who speaks in the American's defense during the divided conclave and who pays the ultimate price for his honesty and faith in God. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Prominent Catholic historian Michael Walsh takes readers through the history of the conclaves past, highlighting the vendettas, feuds, and political intrigues that have colored the selction of a new pontiff.
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