This book looks behind-the-scenes at how the next pope will be chosen and examines the future of the Catholic Church. In this fascinating exploration of the papal succession, Peter Hebblethwaite discusses the processes by which a new pope is chosen and looks at the implications for the decision on the successor to John Paul II.
During this papacy the number of voting cardinals has been increased dramatically. There are, therefore, many more choices available, and a large percentage of these are now from the developing world. The nationality of the pope is a major issue and the author investigates the issues, explaining why the choice of a non-Italian could be a disaster. The revision includes a more extensive and updated look at the candidates, and includes photographs.
'The Next Pope' was first published in 1995 and has been fully revised and updated by the author's widow, Margaret Hebblethwaite, who is also a widely known author in her own right.