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Now completely up-to-date and in its second edition, 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 to succeed John Paul II.
Conclave is a fascinating look at the papal election process and at what this headline-making occasion will mean to the world. Vatican correspondent 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, Allen 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.
Allen offers his own informed ideas about who may occupy the 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.
"Timely, informative, and engaging...the book is free of ecclesiastical jargon, save for some essential concepts, which are adequately addressed in the glossary....Recommended..."—Library Journal
"...engagingly written..."—Publisher's Weekly