Caves of the Vatican

Paul VI: The First Modern Pope

by Peter Hebblethwaite

Memories and Hopes

by Leon-Joseph Cardinal Suenens
Peter Hebblethwaite’s timely and well-documented biography of Giovanni Battista Montini (1897–1978), whom he calls “the first modern pope,” brings into focus the character of a remarkable prelate, whose intelligence, ecclesial background, and career paradoxically made him overqualified for the position of supreme pastor of the Roman Catholic Church, to which …