This is a pictorial biography of the new Pope. It contains some 100 artistic photographs of the pope at various stages of his life, and of persons, places, ceremonies and objects connected with his career. The pictures are scattered through a continuous text, outlining the main developments and events of the Pontiff's life from his boyhood to his coronation. The text is translated from the German and is interesting if not too penetrating in the writing. A chronology of important events in Pope John XXIII's life is appended, along with a list of his predecessors.