This book, in photographic illustrations, tells the story of the present Pope, Pius XII, for readers ten years of age and older. Written by a newspaper woman who had access to direct sources, it portrays the interesting and edifying life, character and personality of Pope Pius XII against the turbulent and colorful events of modern history, in which in one way or another he has played a major and often a very dramatic role. The author points out that it is not her aim to deal with ecclesiastical and doctrinal matters, but rather to concern herself with an outstanding figure in world affairs today, to tell ""the story of a boy who grew up to follow unswervingly the noblest dictates of his heart and to implement with quiet courage--steadfast in the face of hatred and violence -- his spiritual convictions"". The narrative is enlivened by quotations and imaginative dialogue true to the facts. Besides evoking admiration for the strong and noble personality of the Pope, the book provides the reader with interesting information about the Vatican and certain world events that have occurred over roughly the past fifty years. The career of the Pope himself, from his school days, on through the course of his several religious and diplomatic posts and missions, to his eventual election to the papacy is accurately and interestingly detailed.