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  • Posted May 30, 2013

    Prior to his election as Pope Francis, I did not know Cardinal B

    Prior to his election as Pope Francis, I did not know Cardinal Bergoglio. Dr. Matthew Bunson's book was an excellent introduction about his life, ministry, and the state of the Church he inherits after his election.
    In particular, I appreciated that Dr. Bunson set the context of the election and the unexpected impact of the resignation of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Here's an interesting quote:
    "Pope Francis, picking up where Pope Benedict left off, has already begun to chart a course forward with his firm adherence to orthodoxy matched by a committed, self-sacrificing love for and compassion toward all people, especially the poor and broken. These are critical ingredients if the New Evangelization is to gain ground."
    I read George Wiegel's biography of Pope John Paul II and I think Pope Francis is a lighter, more approachable book. However, it did not sacrifice substance for brevity. I appreciated the specifics on Liberation Theology and Cardinal Bergoglio’s role in Argentina’s Dirty War. Dr. Bunson spent the final chapter focused on three challenge areas for the Church – modernity and the New Evangelization, Reform and Renewal, and the impact of global Catholicism.
    I also liked a couple of simple additions: the list of all popes and a brilliant glossary of Church jargon such as Consistory and Motu Proprio.
    It is a book for not only faithful Catholics, but those who have fallen away or others who want to learn more about what appears to be a humble and gentle man, Pope Francis.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    Great Conclave Information

    This book gives a great account of what really happened when Pope Benedict resigned. It seemed honest and detailed. Difficult subject matter was addressed in a straight forward manner. This also gives a good insite into the personality of Pope Francis. If you are interested in the history of Catholic Popes then this book is for you.

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    Posted July 23, 2013

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