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In 1271, with the papal throne vacant for over two years, local officials locked the cardinals of the Catholic Church in a room, forcing them to select a new pope. From this inauspicious beginning arose the practice of the conclave, the highly secretive combination of rituals and politics designed to select a new leader for the world's Catholic population. With Pope John Paul II ailing, the time for a new conclave draws nearer, and Rome is preparing for over 6,000 journalists and innumerable interested onlookers to descend on the Eternal City to witness the election of the next leader of the Catholic Church. In The Conclave, prominent Catholic historian Michael Walsh takes readers through the history of conclaves past, highlighting the vendettas, feuds, and political intrigues that have colored the selection of a new pontiff. An entertaining history of the secret deliberations, colorful stories, and even bloody events that surround the making and unmaking of popes, The Conclave is a great story, a great history, and an important work for anyone interested in the papacy.
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.
The entire Vampire world is now aware that the Sirens are back. The ages ago attempt by the Vampires to wipe them out failed, and the Sirens have returned in force. The Sirens plans for revenge went awry when they inserted Adrian, and by extension, Helen and Jessica into their plans. An out-of-cycle Vampire Conclave has been called to discuss the Sirens, and the new things that Adrian has brought to light about them. It will be the largest Conclave in recent memory and attended by Vampires from the world over. While the Conclave is about what Adrian has done in many ways, this does not mean that Adrian has fans all across Vampiredom. He is still a male Vampire, and many are afraid of him, and for all the old reasons. As Siren Liaison, he is suddenly the most powerful male Vampire since the fabled King, and he is not trusted by many. When the Conclave is shattered by new threats, Helen, Jessica, Adrian, Rachel, and their human friend, Private Investigator Morgan Olsen have to deal with it head on or have everything they have worked for turn into the Armageddon they fear. The end of the Vampire species.
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.
Trapped between two worlds after Ronan Sparrow’s painful betrayal, Jessica Grimm will do whatever it takes to get home. Lost and without help, Jess strikes a bargain with the wicked Alexander Pope to find a way home. But Pope has plans for Jess other than a happy homecoming. She has become a pawn in an ancient game between Pope and his most hated enemy, Merric Vale. Using her guile and intelligence, Jess must find a path home and stop her enemies from unleashing a primeval evil on the Multiverse. Can she survive the struggles ahead as she seeks to unravel the one mystery that has always eluded her… who is Merric Vale?
The latest title in a series based on characters from the best-selling War of Souls trilogy. This title is the next in a series that explores the lives of key characters from Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman's New York Times best-selling War of Souls trilogy. Wizards Conclave describes events that directly overlap events during the War of Souls, and it features two lead characters familiar to any fan of the Dragonlance world. Author Douglas Niles is well-known to and popular with both recent and long-term Dragonlance novel fans.
For the first time since dividing the world, the 16 Families have gathered together again in the exclusive luxury confines of Triton One to resolve the emerging conflict between Family Carlyle and Family Hock, and they've brought their Lazari with them. Amidst budding friendships, romance, and politics, Forever will learn the truth about who she is and the first hints of what she will become. Collects LAZARUS #10-15.

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