The Good Pope and His Great Council: A Biography of Saint John XXIII and Vactican II

  • Title: The Good Pope and His Great Council: A Biography of Saint John XXIII and Vactican II
  • Author: Greg Tobin
  • ISBN: 9780062089434
  • Page: 344
  • Format: Hardcover
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    About Greg Tobin


    1. Greg Tobin is the author of several books on the Catholic Church He was the editor of The Catholic Advocate, and during the April 2005 papal transition he appeared frequently on national radio and TV programs as an expert commentator on the popes and the papal election process His books Selecting the Pope and Holy Father were widely used as authoritative resources on the subject and were quoted in the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times, as well as the Associated Press He lives in West Orange, NJ.


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    1. "They called him Il Buono Papa, 'the Good Pope.' During Pope John XXIII's lifetime - and especially in the immediate aftermath of his death from stomach cancer on June 3, 1963 - Italian Catholics and Socialists alike; journalists and diplomats; Roman Catholics, Protestants, non-Christians, and nonbelievers across the globe; men and women of every race, class, and nation called him 'good' and mourned his passing."I was born after the death of Pope John XXIII. My generation vividly recalls the imp [...]

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    2. I saw this at my local library and picked it up because I married into a Catholic family and live in a very Catholic neighborhood. Also, I had heard of Vatican II but didn't know what it was. Overall I'm glad I read this glowing biography of Pope John XXIII and it makes me want to read more about modern Roman Catholicism. At first I was skeptical of the overwhelmingly positive portrayal of Angelo Roncalli (really? No mistakes or missteps at all? People only disliked him because he was so open an [...]

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    3. As a non-Catholic I came to this book with no knowledge of Pope John XXIII or the tenets of the faith, but I enjoy stories of great people and how they got that way. Tobin’s biography did not disappoint as he took us through the life of Pope John; from his peasant childhood in the Italian mountains to the beginnings of his greatest achievement, Vatican II.From the very beginning his parents were committed to the faith as they waited all day at the church for the priest to return so Angelo (Pop [...]

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    4. The Good Pope: John XXIII & Vat­i­can II, The Mak­ing of a Saint and the Remak­ing of the Church by Greg Tobin is a biog­ra­phy of Angelo Giuseppe Ron­calli, the Pope. John XXIII is cred­ited with help­ing mod­ern­ized the Catholic Church even though he only served as Pope from 1958 to 1963.I wanted to read The Good Pope: John XXIII & Vat­i­can II, The Mak­ing of a Saint and the Remak­ing of the Church by Greg Tobin because I am very unfa­mil­iar with the Catholic dogma [...]

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    5. Pope John XXIII was one of the most beloved religious representatives in the 20th century. Why? What made him such a popular individual with the lay people of the Catholic Church? What background shaped this “caretaker” Pope, originally expected to do little while holding the seat warm until the next election?“The Good Pope: John XXIII & Vatican II” by Greg Tobin is a good look at the life of Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, a son of peasant farmers who entered the priesthood, served in var [...]

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    6. I read this book with great anticipation after reading some of the reviews. It had some really great insights into the simple life he lead and how he gave the appearance of a simple peasant, which he was, but was a true master of understanding what needed to be done and then moving reluctant teams to doing it. Pope John XXIII accomplished so much in such a short amount of time and this book did a great job of showing how he really planned for his Papacy and came to it with specific goals and a v [...]

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    7. A good quick summary of the life of a remarkable man and his major achievement. The book suffers slightly from a tendency toward hagiography, which I suppose is inevitable in the biography of an actual saint. There are also signs of sloppy hurried editing and of the tension between objective reporting and allowing the author to celebrate a man who is obviously one of his own heroes. Tobin also is occasionally heavy-handed with his analysis of events and the writings of John XXIII and his opponen [...]

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    8. Wow, this book relates the strong force that Blessed Pope John XXIII was in bringing the changes of Vatican II to the Church and the world! His simple beginnings in the farm country of northern Italy to his assignments as a 'diplomat' in various countries to his almost 5 years as Pope; this book relates all of this in a moving way. (It also related his influence in helping to defuse the Cuban Missile crisis, something I never heard about.) The 2nd to last chapter is a very moving account of Pope [...]

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    9. The book served as both a short biography on Pope St. John XXIII as well as an informative writing on the Vatican II Council. I quite enjoyed reading the novel. A nice background on the early life, how a farmer turned priest turned diplomat became Pope, and major things he did during his papacy. In terms of Vatican II we learn just how troublesome it was as the Bishops were having troubles coming to agreements on anything, but in the end compromises were made. Overall it was an enlightening nove [...]

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    10. Very enjoyable book about the man who rose from very humble beginnings to become the worldwide leader of the Catholic church. Pope John's ecumenical spirit should be a lesson for us all. I do wish the author had included at least a few pictures. He also could have done a better job of explaining some of the terms (especially the Latin ones) used throughout the book. Not everyone who reads the book will be Catholic and not all Catholics are familiar with the hierarchy and inner-workings of the ch [...]

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    11. Another excellent book by Tobin about the Catholic Church. Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli was the son of a poor Italian farmer. This biography makes a brief mention of his early life but does an excellent job of tracing his life in the Church from seminary to the his death as Pope John XXIII. The Second Vatican Council is covered as one of Pope John XXIII's triumphs and his struggle with cancer is also documented. This is an outstanding read.

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    12. 3.5 I like the personal stories about Good Pope John best. Things like "Your holiness how many people work at the Vatican? About half." ke me laugh and want to read my other biographies of him. Also, this made me want to pick up "Journal of a Soul" again.

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    13. You know I learned about about this guy but to have to slog through each of his encyclicals - that was kind of drowsy.

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    14. Wonderful biography of the saintly Pope. He was not an intellectual but built his life and papacy upon charity and life experience.

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    15. Solid biography of a genuinely humble and loving pope. Could have used more detail about the changes Vatican II instituted (and less trashing of conservatives), but it was still enjoyable to read.

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    16. What a nice biography! The author clearly knows and loves his subject. It gave me a better understanding of Vatican II and how John XXIII changed the Catholic Church.

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    17. Very readable history of John XXIII.

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    18. I never knew anything about Pope John 23. I loved learning about him and the changes he brought to Catholicism. The picture drawn of him in this biography, makes me wish I had known him.

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    19. Very good book. It provided me with a picture of who Pope John XXIII was and what a great man he was.

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    20. A fine biography of a great man, leader, and world mover. I found the book enligtening and very interesting. I would recommend it to anyone who wonders what was the inspiration for Vatican II.

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    21. This was a nice overview, but I would rather have been reading from the sources he cites.

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