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20th century papal biographies
Question from on 07-09-2007:
Could you provide a list of recommended papal biographies for the 20th century? For example, it is hard to find a biography of Pope Pius XII. It seems most books written about him today are simply answering charges against him rather than providing a general information.
Answer by Matthew Bunson on 07-21-2007:
The list is a rather long one, so readers are also encouraged to offer their own suggestions for their favorite works.
Pope Leo XIII: Leo XIII by William Kieffer; The Life of Pope Leo Xiii: From His Personal Memoirs by Monsignor Bernard O'Reilly.
Pope St. Pius X: Pope Saint Pius X by Yves Chiron; Pope St. Pius the X by F. A. Forbes.
Pope Benedict XV: Benedict XV: The Unknown Pope and the Pursuit of Peace by John F. Pollard; The life of Benedict XV by Walter H Peters.
Pope Pius XI: Pius XI,: Apostle of peace by Lillian Browne Olf; His Holiness Pope Pius XI by René Fontenelle.
Pope Pius XII: POPE PIUS XII by Louis De Wohl; Man of Peace: Pope Pius XII by Margherita Marchione; Shepherd of Souls: A Pictorial Life of Pope Pius XII by Margherita Marchione; and Pope Pius XII: Architect for Peace by Margherita Marchione.
Pope Bl. John XXIII: Journal of a Soul: The Autobiography of Pope John XXIII; John XXIII: Pope of the Century by Peter Hebblethwaite.
Pope Paul VI: Paul VI: The First Modern Pope by Peter Hebblethwaite.
Pope John Paul I: The Smiling Pope: The Life And Teaching Of John Paul I by Raymond Seabeck and Lauretta Seabeck; Illustrissimi: Letters from Pope John Paul I by Pope John Paul I.
Pope John Paul II: Witness to Hope by George Weigel; Pope John Paul II Life: A Tribute by Robert Sullivan; Man of the Century: The Life and Times of Pope John Paul II by Jonathan Kwitny; His Holiness: John Paul II and the History of Our Time by Carl Bernstein, Marco Politi.
Pope Benedict XVI: Pope Benedict XVI: The Conscience of Our Age by Fr. D. Vincent Twomey; We Have a Pope! Benedict XVI by Matthew Bunson.