Francis, a New World Pope

Francis, a New World Pope

by Michel Cool
     
 

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After Pope Benedict XVI's historic resignation of the papal office in February 2013, the College of Cardinals elected Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires — now Pope Francis — as the new leader of the world's estimated 1.2 billion Roman Catholics.

But who is this new Pope — really?

In Francis, a New World Pope, Michel Cool

Overview

After Pope Benedict XVI's historic resignation of the papal office in February 2013, the College of Cardinals elected Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires — now Pope Francis — as the new leader of the world's estimated 1.2 billion Roman Catholics.

But who is this new Pope — really?

In Francis, a New World Pope, Michel Cool surveys Pope Francis's journey to the papacy, his convictions, his personality, his writings, and the challenges he faces in his new office — governance of the church, new evangelization in secularized societies, and poverty, among many others.

Peppered throughout with anecdotes that demonstrate the humanity of Pope Francis — and his sensitivity to those who are most distant from the Church — this book paints a vibrant portrait of the man who has chosen for his motto miserando atque eligendo: "lowly but chosen."

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Robert Louis Wilken
"Here is a book on the new pope to be enjoyed now and cherished later. . . . What makes this book such a pleasure to read is that it includes selections from his earlier speeches and writings — on the city of Buenos Aires, on the economy, on a girlfriend of his before he 'discovered [his] religious vocation,' on humility, on single mothers, on the tango, on soccer, and more. And then there are illuminating comments on the man from people in Argentina — a lawyer, a student, a priest, and others. Francis, a New World Pope is a unique introduction to the man who is now Pope Francis."

Library Journal (STARRED review)
"Cool expertly addresses Francis's career as an archbishop and the matters that demand his attention now. . . . An intelligent and prudent guide to the new pope, . . . it will prove immensely helpful to Catholic and non-Catholic readers alike."

Ecumenism 
“Surveys Pope Francis’s journey to the papacy, his convictions, his personality, his writings, and the daunting challenges he faces. . . .  Peppered throughout with anecdotes that demonstrate the humanity of Pope Francis as well as his sensitivity to those on the fringes, this book paints a vibrant portrait of the man.”
 
Library Journal
★ 11/15/2013
Jorge Bergoglio's papacy already promises to be strikingly different from those of his recent predecessors, most especially Benedict XVI. In this short volume, Cool, an experienced French journalist on spirituality and a practiced Curia-watcher, expertly addresses Francis's career as an archbishop and the matters that demand his attention now, including the liberalization of morals, relations with China, and the world's economy. VERDICT An intelligent and prudent guide to the new pope, Cool's book urges a modest optimism about Francis's leadership; it will prove immensely helpful to Catholic and non-Catholic readers alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802871008
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
08/22/2013
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Michel Cool is a French journalist who specializes in religiousaffairs. His other books include the award-winningConversion au silence: Itinéraire spirituel d'unjournaliste.

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