BULLET Pope John Paul II and the Papacy
This is a short, select reading list of recent titles about Pope John Paul II, his 1999 visit to St. Louis, the papacy and selection of a pope.

Further titles can be found by checking the St. Louis Public Library catalog under such subject headings as: John Paul II, Pope, 1920- ; Popes; Papacy; and headings beginning with the word Papal. Titles written by Pope John Paul II can be found under author: John Paul II, Pope, 1920- .

Biographies of Pope John Paul II | Pope John Paul II’s visit to St. Louis in 1999 | Papacy and Election of the Pope | Vatican Art/Architecture

Biographies of Pope John Paul II

Bernstein, Carl, and Marco Politi. His Holiness: John Paul II and the Hidden History of our Time. New York: Doubleday, 1996.

Flynn, Ray. John Paul II: a Personal Portrait of the Pope and the Man. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2001.

John Paul II: a Light for the World : Essays and Reflections on the Papacy of John Paul II / editor, Mary Ann Walsh; foreword by Kofi Annan; introduction by Wilton D. Gregory. Landham, MD: Sheed & Ward : Distributed by National Book Network, c2003.

Kwitny, Jonathan. Man of the Century: the Life and Times of Pope John Paul II. New York: Henry Holt, 1997.

Szulc, Tad. Pope John Paul II: the Biography. New York: Scribner, 1995.

Weigel, George. Witness to Hope: the Biography of Pope John Paul II. New York, NY: Cliff Street Books, c1999.

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Pope John Paul II’s visit to St. Louis in 1999:

Catholic Church. Archdiocese of Saint Louis (Mo.). John Paul II: Pastoral Visit to St. Louis on the Occasion of the Release of Ecclesia in America "The Church in America" by His Holiness Pope John Paul II. St. Louis, Mo.: Archdiocese of Saint Louis, c1999.

Klocek, David, and Sally Tippett Rains. Insider's Guide to the Pope's Visit, St. Louis, Missouri, USA : January 26-27, 1999. Brentwood, MO: Palmerston & Reed Pub. Co., c1998.

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The Papacy and Election of the Pope

Allen, John L. Conclave: the Politics, Personalities, and Process of the Next Papal Election. New York: Image, 2002.

Burkel-Young, Francis A. Passing the Keys: Modern Cardinals, Conclaves, and the Election of the Next Pope. Lanham, Md.: Madison Books, c1999.

Hebblethwaite, Peter. The Next Pope: a Behind-the-scenes Look at the Forces that will Choose the Successor to John Paul II and Decide the Future of the Catholic Church. [San Francisco, Calif.] : HarperSanFrancisco, c1995.

Pham, John-Peter. Heirs of the Fisherman: Behind the Scenes of Papal Death and Succession. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.

Reese, Thomas J. Inside the Vatican: the Politics and Organization of the Catholic Church. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1996.

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Vatican Art/Architecture
General | The Sistine Chapel | Videos

Saint Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican in general

Dal Maso, Leonardo B. Rome of the Popes; St. Peter’s and the Vatican. Rome, Bonechi Edizione, 1974.

Duston, Allen. Saint Peter and the Vatican: the Legacy of the Popes. Alexandria, VA, Art Services International, 2003.

Jung-Inglessis, E. M. St. Peter’s. New York: Harper & Row, 1980.

Lavin, Irving. Bernini and the Crossing of Saint Peter’s. New York: College Art Association, 1968.

The Vatican Collections: The Papacy and Art. New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1982.

The Sistine Chapel

De Vecchi, Pierluigi. Michelangelo: The Vatican Frescoes. New York: Abbeville Press, 1996.

Januszczak, Waldemar. Sayonara, Michelangelo: The Sistine Chapel Restored and Repackaged. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1990.

King, Ross. Michelangelo & the Pope’s Ceiling. New York: Walker & Co., 2003

Lewine, Carol F. The Sistine Chapel Walls and the Roman Liturgy. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1993.

Partridge, Loren W. Michelangelo—the Last Judgment: A Glorious Restoration. New York: Abrams, 1997.

The Sistine Chapel: A Glorious Restoration. New York, Abrams, 1994.


Return to Glory; Michelangelo Revealed: The Restoration of the Sistine Chapel. New York: Crown Video, 1986.

Vatican City New York: View Video, 1994.

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