THE GREAT REFORMER FRANCIS AND THE MAKING OF A RADICAL POPE
Said to be the best biography to date of Pope Francis, author, Austen Ivereigh writes about Jorge Bergoglio’s youth growing up in Buenos Aires and the dramatic events during the Perón era that shaped his beliefs. He explores the ongoing conflicts and disillusionment with the doctrines of an authoritarian and militaristic government in the ‘70s; how his Jesuit training in Argentina and Chile gave him such an advocacy for a "Church of the Poor;"and his rise from Cardinal to the papacy. He describes the tension between the pope's innovative vision for the Church and of the obstacles defined by a conservative past. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury describes Pope Francis in these words, “The Argentine pope is an extraordinary humanitarian, on fire with Christ. If joy were a flame, you'd need to be made of asbestos not to get burned.”
This is not only "on our bookshelf" but being read and highly recommended. An engaging read with significant detail!
NEWLY PUBLISHED! Softcover edition! 480 pgs. 6 x 9 in.