Andrea Tornielli is a Vatican correspondent for the highly regarded Italian newspaper La Stampa who has collaborated with numerous Italian and international publications. His numerous books include Pius XII, the Pope of the Jews; The Choice of Martini; Pope Luciani: the Smile of a Saint; The Pope Who Saved the Jews; Benedict XVI, Guardian of the Faith; The Secret of Padre Pio and Karol Wojtyla; and The Attack on Ratzinger (with Paolo Rodari).
Francis: Pope of a New Worldby Andrea Tornielli
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"Francis, rebuild my Church!" That is how St. Francis of Assisi heard the call of Christ. It is also how Jorge Mario Bergoglio, at the age of 76, and a Jesuit, seems to have accepted his election to the papacy with the choice of a name that no other pope has ever chosen. Who is Pope Francis, elected in one of the shortest conclaves in history? Who is the man chosen to be the first pope from the Americas and the first Jesuit pope? How does he see the world and his ministry? How does he understand his call to serve Christ, his Church, and the world? In short, what is the mind and heart of this new pope of a new world--of the Americas and the rest of the world of the 21st Century? In the words, the ideas, and the personal recollections of Pope Francis--including material up to the final hours before his election--the most highly regarded Vatican observer on the international scene reveals the personality of this man of God, gentle and humble. The son of Italian immigrants to Argentina, he made radically following Christ and the way of non-violence the pillars of his pastoral ministry in a country, continually tormented by social and economic inequities. This complete biography offers the keys to understanding the man who was a surprise choice, even a kind of revolutionary choice, for pope. It is the story of the humble pastor of one of the world's largest archdioceses; a cardinal who takes the bus, talks with common folk, and lives simply. It is the story of why the cardinal electors of the Catholic Church set aside political and diplomatic calculations to elect a pope to lead the renewal and purification of the worldwide Church of our time.
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I was looking for a biography of Pope Francis and this was not that. I will try some other books that may be more along that line.
This book didn't live up to its hype. It is cardboard cut-out, "painting-by-numbers" biography. Maybe this is because the writer, like many newspaper correspondents , appears such a one dimensional writer. Despite its faults Pope Francis emerges into the light - an extraordinary man of his time. In some ways I am reminded of Zhou En Lai who was so highly regarded by Chinese in Mao's time. He , too, lived an austere life, his time and energy dedicated to the Chinese people. The final chapter makes the book a worthwhile read and a useful acquisition to a book collection. Publication of Francis's Profession of faith (shortly before he was ordained a Priest) along with excerpts from some of his recent homilies was an inspired decision.
this shows us a new time is coming for Catholics and others to learn how special Francis is and will share the Church with the world.