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Gathering Interest
Essential Biographies from the Vatican (4 vols.)
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These four accessible volumes explore four different aspects of Catholic history and biography: the devotional work of Blessed Maria Pierina on the face of Jesus, the biography of Paul the Apostle revealed by the Bible, the history of Pope Pius XII, and an overview of all of the popes in the history of the Catholic Church (from Peter to Benedict XVI). Adding to the richness of Catholic history, these volumes bring unique perspectives and indelible research to your library, so you’ll never be without the answers you need.

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Key Features

  • Provides a thorough look at Pope Pius XII and how he led the Church through World War II
  • Shows a biographical look on the Apostle Paul, based entirely on Scripture
  • Includes a sweeping look at the history of the papacy, with information on every pope

Individual Titles

Paul of Tarsus: The Apostle for All to Know

  • Author: Francesco Gioia
  • Publisher: Libreria Editrice Vaticana
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 48

While attentive to the demands of scientific research, this little volume is intended as a popular work to assist those who want to have an outline of the life and thought of Saint Paul. This book condenses all the biographical details available to us from Paul’s letters and from the Acts of the Apostles, written by Luke, Paul’s first biographer. It is also enriched with a series of wonderful portraits of this great apostle from the Vatican Apostolic Library and the Basilica of Saint Paul.

Francesco Gioia is president of the Pilgrimage of Petri Sedem, a department of the Roman Curia. An Italian archbishop for the Catholic Church, he was ordained into the priesthood in 1965 and consecrated as archbishop by Pope John Paul II in 1990.

Pope Pius XII: History and Hagiography

  • Author: Marchione Margherita
  • Publisher: Libreria Editrice Vaticana
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 316

In this extensive biography, scholar and historian Marchione Margherita gives a thorough history of Pope Pius XII, focusing on his activities before and during World War II. She advocates for a beatification of the pope, providing research and documentation supporting the little-known actions the Catholic Church took to shelter the Jews during the Holocaust.

Marchione Margherita (PhD, Columbia University) is an American Roman Catholic nun, writer, teacher, and apologeticist who specializes in studies on Pope Pius XII. She has taught as a professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University, has advocated for the beatification of Pope Pius XII, and has published extensively on the topics of Italian identity and of the activities of the Catholic Church during World War II.

All the Popes from Peter to Benedict XVI

  • Editors: Pietro Principe and Gian Carlo Olcuire
  • Publisher: Libreria Editrice Vaticana
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 66

This latest edition of All the Popes is a concise manual cataloguing all of the individual popes, while providing a sweeping overview of the history of the papacy.

Pietro Principe (1932–2010) was an Italian Monsignor in the Catholic Church, known for his long service as an official Secretariat of State and as a chaplain to the pope. He wrote many volumes for the Libreria Editrice Vaticana, including All the Popes, The Rosary of John Paul II, and The Essential Guide to the Holy Bible.

Gian Carlo Olcuire is an Italian Catholic writer and graphic designer.

A Song to the Holy Face: A Biography of the Blessed Mary Pierina de Micheli

  • Publisher: Libreria Editrice Vaticana
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 60

This concise biography explores the life and works of the Blessed Maria Pierina de Micheli (1890–1945), a Catholic nun and mystic who supported the Shroud of Turin project. She was beatified by archbishop Angelo Amato in Rome in 2010.

Product Details

  • Title: Essential Biographies from the Vatican
  • Authors: Gioia Francesco, Marchione Margherita, Pietro Principe and Gian Carlo Olcuire
  • Publisher: Libreria Editrice Vaticana
  • Volumes: 4
  • Pages: 490