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Good Pope, Bad Pope
Their Lives, Our Lessons
Mike Aquilina

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Every pope is by definition a remarkable man. But the popes whose stories you’ll read here were chosen because they reveal how the papacy itself developed. Their lives show us how Christ kept his promise to his bride, the Church—not only in her health but also in her sickness. The great popes advanced our understanding of Christian doctrine. But even more remarkable, the worst popes could do nothing to damage the teaching of the Church. That’s why, even in its darkest moments, the story of the papacy is a story of triumph. And that’s why it’s worth knowing these popes.

Aquilina includes a short afterword that covers Pope Benedict XVI's decision to retire and the election of Pope Francis.
Mike Aquilina is the author or editor of more than forty books on Catholic history, doctrine, and devotion. He has cohosted eight series for EWTN and is a frequent guest on Catholic radio. He is the author of Yours Is the CHurch: How Catholicism SHapes Our World.
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