Pope John XXIII

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Pope John XXIII

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12 Lectures (5 Discs) Including Electronic Study Guide
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Embark on a journey through the remarkable life and legacy of Pope John XXIII.

Perhaps no one had such a great influence on the Roman Catholic Church in the twentieth century as Pope John XXIII, who was canonized by Pope Francis on April 27, 2014. Born Angelo Roncalli (1881–1963), he rose from humble beginnings to become a passionate advocate for social justice and world peace. His papacy was marked by compassion, charity, and love.

In this course, you will join ecclesial expert and Georgetown professor Gerard Mannion in encountering the enduring charisma of Saint John XXIII. In 12 fascinating lectures, you will journey through his inspiring life, his powerful leadership in calling the Second Vatican Council, and his lasting legacy for the world today.

John XXIII (r. 1958–1963) enchanted the world with his charismatic papacy that stressed peace and justice. A true shepherd for the people, he captured the hearts of the faithful and championed interreligious dialogue. Facing a world torn apart by war and conflict, he united people around the globe with his message of love and warm teaching style.

All of this would have marked him as a great pope, but his greatest achievement would be the calling of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), which he called to bring the church “up to date” (aggiornamento). In doing so, John XXIII ushered in a process that would forever change the Church.

Discover anew the power of this inspiring saint’s teachings today.

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** We especially recommend the video version of this course, which contains a large collection of archival footage and photographs from the life of John XXIII and the Second Vatican Council.

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Your Free Electronic Study Guide! When you order this course, we will send you a free electronic study guide that you can access in 3 convenient ways:

1) You can check your order confirmation email. It will include a link that enables you to download your guide. 2) The back of your program package also contains a copy of this link. You can access your guide by simply entering this URL into your browser. 3) Your case of CDs or DVDs will contain a copy of your electronic guide on CD. Simply insert this disc into your computer's CD/DVD drive to access your guide.

Topic Titles
Topic Titles
  • A Poor Boy Who Traveled a Long Way: The Early Life and Times of Angelo Roncalli
  • Between Two Worlds: Rome at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century
  • A Dark Night of the Church’s Magisterial Soul
  • The Terrible War, Return to Rome, and to Bulgaria via the Orient Express
  • An Advanced Schooling in Bridge-Building: Istanbul and World War II
  • A Beautiful yet Divided City: Nuncio to Paris
  • Pastor and Pater: From Venice to the Vatican
  • “In All Things Charity”: A Very Different Type of Pope
  • A New Dawn for the Church: The Council Begins
  • John’s Official Papal Teachings and His Unofficial Intentions
  • The Ship Sets Sail but the Captain Takes Leave
  • Assessing John’s Legacy for the Church and for the World
About Your Presenter

Prof. Gerard Mannion, D.Phil., is the Amaturo Professor in Catholic Studies and fellow of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University. He has published widely in the fields of ecclesiology, ethics, and philosophy. His books include Ecclesiology and Postmodernity: Questions for the Church in Our Time (2007), The Routledge Companion to the Christian Church (edited with Lewis Mudge, 2008), The Ratzinger Reader (edited with Lieven Boeve, 2010), and The Art of Magisterium: a Teaching Church that Learns (forthcoming). He serves as chair of the Ecclesiological Investigations International Research Network and editor of the Continuum Series, “Ecclesiological Investigations.”

Prof. Mannion received a B.A. from King’s College, Cambridge, and his doctorate from New College, Oxford University. He is a Senior Research Fellow of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. Previously, he served as Director of the Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture at the University of San Diego Lecturer and Tutor at the University of Oxford, as Senior Lecturer at the University of Leeds, and as Associate Professor at Liverpool Hope University, where he was founding director of the Cent...

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It was spiritual and informative yet also extremely helpful and accessible. Though the cds can be a little expensive. Review by Revd. Stephen M. from Derbyshire, England (Posted on 4/6/2018)
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I enjoyed the quick review of 20th Century papal history as well as the life of John XXIII and the story of Vat II with some bits about the aftermath of the Council. Review by Dan (Posted on 10/19/2016)
This course presented new aspects of the life of John XXIII that were totally ignored by me.
This course presented new aspects of the life of John XXIII that were totally ignored by me. I discovered that John XIII was a man with fresh ideas, because of which he was suspected by his peers... In a special way, he was a very skill diplomat when he had to regulate the situation of the bishops of France after Word War II. He was an audacious man inspired by the Holy Spirit to launch Vatican II. Review by Michel (Posted on 4/28/2016)
Excellent and insightful summary of the major contributions of Good Pope John plus inside information about where he was at critical junctures of history, e.g. the Cuban missile crisis. Review by Fr. Bob Cushing (Posted on 6/2/2015)
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