08 June 2023, The Tablet

From John to Paul – the solitude of succession

From John to Paul – the solitude of succession

Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, being carried high on the sedia gestatoria as Pope John XXIII.
photo: alamy/cola images

The dramatic events of 60 years ago, when the death of Pope John XXIII in June 1963 was followed by a conclave in which the work of the Second Vatican Council hung in the balance, were chronicled by the journalist and church historian Peter Hebblethwaite. His wife, the writer and theologian Margaret Hebblethwaite, has edited his account and added her own reflections.
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