The Two Popes: Francis, Benedict, and the Decision That Shook the World

The Two Popes: Francis, Benedict, and the Decision That Shook the World

by Anthony McCarten

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Overview

FROM THE ACADEMY AWARD-NOMINATED SCREENWRITER OF DARKEST HOUR AND THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING COMES THE FASCINATING AND REVEALING TALE OF TWO VERY DIFFERENT MEN - BOTH OF WHOM HAPPEN TO LIVE AT THE VATICAN

In February 2013, the arch-conservative Pope Benedict XVI made a startling announcement: he would resign, making him the first pope to willingly vacate his office in over 700 years. Reeling from the news, the College of Cardinals rushed to Rome to congregate in the Sistine Chapel to pick his successor. Their unlikely choice? Francis, the first non-European pope in 1,200 years, a onetime tango club bouncer, a passionate soccer fan, a man with the common touch.

Why did Benedict walk away at the height of power, knowing his successor might be someone whose views might undo his legacy? How did Francis - who used to ride the bus to work back in his native Buenos Aires - adjust to life as leader to a billion followers? If, as the Church teaches, the pope is infallible, how can two living popes who disagree on almost everything both be right? Having immersed himself in these men's lives to write the screenplay for The Two Popes, Anthony McCarten masterfully weaves their stories into one gripping narrative. From Benedict and Francis's formative experiences in war-torn Germany and Argentina to the sexual abuse scandal that continues to rock the Church to its foundations to the intrigue and the occasional comedy of life in the Vatican, The Two Popes glitters with the darker and the lighter details of one of the world's most opaque but significant institutions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250207920
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication date: 11/12/2019
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 156,359
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

ANTHONY MCCARTEN is a New Zealand-born award-winning novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. He’s written seven novels and twelve stage plays including Ladies' Night, which won France's Molière Prize in 2001, and Death of a Superhero. His screenplays The Theory of Everything and Darkest Hour each garnered worldwide critical acclaim and were nominated for multiple awards, winning three Oscars, three Golden Globes, and five BAFTAs between them. McCarten’s screenplay, The Two Popes, is a major motion picture starring Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce.

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