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Popes and cardinals of the 20th century : a biographical dictionary
Lentz, Harris M., III.
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Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., [2002]

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v, 250 pages ; 26 cm

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BX1389 .L395 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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From 1900 through 2000, the Catholic Church has had nine popes. Their terms of office have ranged from over 25 years (Leo XII) to slightly over one month (John Paul I). As the 21st century began, John Paul II was in his 22nd year as head of the church. During the century over 600 cardinals have helped to lead the church. This biographical reference work covers all nine popes and all 641 cardinals. The first section presents the popes in chronological order and provides full biographical information as date and place of birth and death, educational training and background for the priesthood, positions held within the church, and roles in church leadership and various conclaves. In the second section the cardinals are listed alphabetically and much the same biographical information is provided for them. (An appendix gives all the cardinals appointed by John Paul II in 2001.)

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Lentz provides a brief biography of each man who attained the rank of cardinal or pope during the past century. The biographies are bland and somewhat uneven in quality. The Encyclopedia of American Catholic History, ed. by Michael Glazier and Thomas J. Shelley (CH, Jul'98), provides more detailed information about American cardinals and gives more vivid pictures of them as individuals. The HarperCollins Encyclopedia of Catholicism, ed. by Richard P. McBrien (1995), gives more information regarding non-American churchmen and does not omit details of the controversies regarding prelates such as Yves Conger, the French theologian. Nevertheless, this volume is recommended for any collection needing biographies of all cardinals of this period. The book is well designed, and most Catholic terminology is defined in a glossary. Cardinals are listed by country in a handy appendix. All levels. K. E. Donohue Franciscan University of Steubenville