Paul VI: The First Modern Pope by Peter Hebblethwaite

In 1993, Paulist Press published Paul VI: The First Modern Pope, a definitive biography of Pope Paul VI by veteran Vatican correspondent Peter Hebblethwaite. It received very good reviews but went out of print after a few years.

In conjunction with Paul’s canonization in 2018, Paulist Press reprinted the book with a new introduction by Massimo Faggioli. The book remains as much a must read today as on its initial release. It offers a balanced and thought-provoking commentary on his life, diplomatic career, and papacy, as well as the state and challenges of the Church at the time. The reader is left with a very human portrait of perhaps the most influential and vilified Catholic leader of the twentieth century. The Introduction offers new perspectives that will be of particular interest to St. Paul VI aficionados.

The book retails for $49.95. It is published by Paulist Press and can be ordered through their website,

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