Journal of a Soul

Journal of a Soul
The Autobiography of Pope John XXIII
Image/Doubleday, $14.95, 453 pp.

Pope John XXIII is both an icon and a Rorschach test. For virtually all who remember him, he is revered as a good and holy man who was as warm as Pius XII was aloof, a man who visited the Roman prisons, received the archbishop of Canterbury, and welcomed Jewish visitors to the Vatican with the greeting, "I am your brother." For many, he remains the embodiment of all that is good in Catholicism, a reminder of that "one, brief, shining...

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About the Author

Christopher Ruddy is associate professor of systematic theology at the Catholic University of America.