A Pope and a President

Author: Paul Kengor

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1504046919

Category: History

Page: 550

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A Singular Bond That Changed History Even as historians credit Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II with hastening the end of the Cold War, they have failed to recognize the depth or significance of the bond that developed between the two leaders. Acclaimed scholar and bestselling author Paul Kengor changes that. In this fascinating book, he reveals a singular bond—which included a spiritual connection between the Catholic pope and the Protestant president—that drove the two men to confront what they knew to be the great evil of the twentieth century: Soviet communism. Reagan and John Paul II almost didn’t have the opportunity to forge this relationship: just six weeks apart in the spring of 1981, they took bullets from would-be assassins. But their strikingly similar near-death experiences brought them close together—to Moscow’s dismay. A Pope and a President is the product of years of research. Based on Kengor’s tireless archival digging and his unique access to Reagan insiders, the book reveals: The inside story on the 1982 meeting where the president and the pope confided their conviction that God had spared their lives for the purpose of defeating communism Captivating new information on the attempt on John Paul II’s life, including a ­previously unreported secret CIA investigation—was Moscow behind the plot? The many similarities and the spiritual bond between the pope and the president—and how Reagan privately spoke of the “DP”: the Divine Plan to take down communism New details about how the Protestant Reagan became intensely interested in the “secrets of Fátima,” which date to the reported apparitions of the Virgin Mary at Fátima, Portugal, starting on May 13, 1917—­sixty-four years to the day before John Paul II was shot A startling insider account of how the USSR may have been set to invade the pope’s native Poland in March 1981—only to pull back when news broke that Reagan had been shot Nancy Reagan called John Paul II her husband’s “closest friend”; Reagan himself told Polish visitors that the pope was his “best friend.” When you read this book, you will understand why. As kindred spirits, Ronald Reagan and John Paul II united in pursuit of a supreme objective—and in doing so they changed history.

The Divine Plan

Author: Paul Kengor,Robert Orlando

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1504058895

Category: History

Page: 224

View: 5536


Just six weeks apart in the spring of 1981, Pope John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan took bullets from would-be assassins. Few knew it at the time, but both men came close to dying. Surviving these near-death experiences created a singular bond between the pope and the president that historians have failed to appreciate. When John Paul II and Reagan met in the Vatican only a year later, they confided to each other a shared conviction: that God had spared their lives for a reason. That reason? To defeat communism. In private, Reagan had a name for this: the “DP”—the Divine Plan.

Toil and Transcendence

Author: Fr. Charles Connor

Publisher: Sophia Institute Press

ISBN: 1682781437

Category: Religion

Page: 400

View: 9421


By the end of the Civil War, barely four million Catholics lived on American soil. A century later, more than 43 million Americans were Catholic, making the Church a dominant force in American culture and politics. The twentieth century was a springtime for the American Church, which witnessed the dramatic expansion of American dioceses, with towering new churches erected even blocks apart. Catholic schools were swiftly built to accommodate the influx of Catholic schoolchildren, and convents and monasteries blossomed as vocations soared. The Catholic hierarchy and laity factored into many of the great stories of twentieth-century America, which are told here by one of our country’s foremost experts on Catholic American history, Fr. Charles Connor. In these informative and entertaining pages, you’ll learn: What motivated the virulent anti-Catholicism of early twentieth-century America The daring way Notre Dame students responded when the KKK held a rally in South Bend One businessman’s bold attempt to build Catholic colonies in Nebraska and Minnesota How, in 1928, the first Catholic major party nominee for president, Alfred E. Smith, turned New England into a reliable voting bloc for the Democrats FDR’s response to New York’s Cardinal Spellman, who pleaded with the president to protect the Vatican and the pope from German forces during World War II How Bishop Fulton Sheen’s phone call to a political operative accused of spreading anti-Catholic messages led to his conversion to the Faith How, finally, in 1984, the United States was able to formalize diplomatic relations with the Holy See

News Digest

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Bodyguards

Page: N.A

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A Kindly Providence

Author: Louis L. Renner

Publisher: Ignatius Press

ISBN: 1586172360

Category: Religion

Page: 583

View: 7352


"In this comprehensive and illustrated autobiography, Fr. Louis Renner, S.J., a dedicated missionary in Alaska for 40 years, tells a compelling story of a full life of service to the people and the Church in northern Alaska, a great land of natural beauties, challenging elements, and vast wilderness regions."--BOOK JACKET.

The President, the Pope, And the Prime Minister

Author: John O'Sullivan

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1596980346

Category: History

Page: 448

View: 9582


The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister is a sweeping, dramatic account of how three great figures changed the course of history. All of them led with courage — but also with great optimism. The pope helped ordinary Poles and East Europeans banish their fear of Soviet Communism, convincing them that liberation was possible. The prime minister restored her country's failing economy by reviving the "vigorous virtues" of the British people. The president rebuilt America's military power, its national morale, and its pre – eminence as leader of the free world. Together, they brought down an evil empire and changed the world for the better. No one can tell their intertwined story better than John O'Sullivan, former editor of National Review and the Times of London, who knew all three and conducted exclusive interviews that shed extraordinary new light on these giants of the twentieth century.

Congressional Record

Author: United States. Congress

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Law

Page: N.A

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Semantics and Beyond

Author: Piotr Stalmaszczyk

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 3110362481

Category: Philosophy

Page: 316

View: 9071


Papers in the collection concentrate on different issues relevant for contemporary research within semantics, such as the linguistic and philosophical status of representations, reference theory and indexicals, situation semantics, formal semantics, normativity of meaning and speech acts, and different approaches to context and contextualism. The authors investigate the links between semantics and syntax, and between semantics, pragmatics, and speech act theory, and demonstrate that it is possible to integrate findings from different disciplines. Recent studies often advocate a ‘pragmatic turn’ in the study of meaning and context; however, the papers in the volume show that semantics and meaning remain in the center of research carried out within contemporary linguistics and philosophy, especially the philosophy of language. The volume includes contributions by: Brian Ball (St Anne’s College, Oxford), John Collins (University of East Anglia), Luis Fernández Moreno (Complutense University of Madrid), Chris Fox (University of Essex), Filip Kawczyński (University of Warsaw), Katarzyna Kijania-Placek (Jagiellonian University), Joanna Klimczyk (Polish Academy of Sciences), Paul Livingston (University of New Mexico), Mark Pinder (University of Bristol), Ernesto Perini-Santos (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais), Tabea Reiner (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich), Stefan Riegelnik (University of Zurich), Arthur Sullivan (Memorial University of Newfoundland), Massimiliano Vignolo (University of Genoa), and Marián Zouhar (Slovak Academy of Sciences). The volume should be of interest to linguists, philosophers of language, and philosophers in general.