Francis: A Pope For Our Time: The Definitive Biography

Francis: A Pope For Our Time: The Definitive Biography

by Luis Rosales, Daniel Olivera
     
 

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The Roman Catholic Church has been undoubtedly going through a period of profound crisis. Endless scandals and conspiracies have plagued the Church in recent years, and with the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI in February 2013, the Catholic community was left in dire need of direction and spiritual renewal. Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio, elected to Saint Peter’s… See more details below

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The Roman Catholic Church has been undoubtedly going through a period of profound crisis. Endless scandals and conspiracies have plagued the Church in recent years, and with the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI in February 2013, the Catholic community was left in dire need of direction and spiritual renewal. Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio, elected to Saint Peter’s Throne on March 13, 2013, in one of the briefest conclaves in history, represents a rekindled sense of hope for the Church’s 1.2 billion followers. The first Jesuit to occupy the papacy, Pope Francis is also the first pope ever to hail from the Americas and has inspired an enormous sense of pride, especially among Latin Americans and his native Argentina. Francis: A Pope for Our Time, The Definitive Biography incisively chronicles Pope Francis’ ancestry, youth, call to faith, humble beginnings with the Society of Jesus, and rise through Argentina’s ecclesiastical ranks, all the way to the Vatican. The book emphasizes His Holiness’ Jesuit background of humility, poverty, and service that stands to reform the Vatican’s long history of lavish excess and removed otherworldly style of leadership. This concise biography also details Jorge Bergoglio’s coming of age during the Peronist years, the challenges he faced throughout Argentina’s brutal military dictatorship, as well as his political stance against the progressive policies of the Kirchners. Known as the “Black Pope” (for his Jesuit garb), the “Pope of the Poor,” and the “Third World Pope,” such monikers exemplify Pope Francis’ original and primary mandate: his pastoral commitment to society’s most underprivileged and disenfranchised. His dedication to interreligious dialogue, accessibility to his community, and rejection of pomp in favor of simplicity promises to bring real-world leadership to a modern Church desperate to emerge from old-world precepts.

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Library Journal
05/15/2014
Many books are designated "definitive" by reviewers or scholars; this labels itself as such in its very title. It is not. The authors, both Argentine journalists, have a solid grasp of the political situation in Argentina during Pope Francis's life there, but they are considerably less adept at explaining the Catholic Church. Several mistakes in the text and in the notes should have been caught prior to publication. In the view of the authors, the Catholic Church had for many years abandoned the essence of Christ's teaching and path, to which, the authors hold, Francis is returning the Church. The book is written in two parts. The first, by Olivera, is the stronger of the two, although some of it borders on hagiography, with "miraculous" occurrences happening before Francis's birth that herald his saintly life. The second part, by Rosales, seems more to emphasize his view of where the Church should be heading. VERDICT While the authors offer an insider's view of the political situation in Argentina, Paul Vallely's Pope Francis: Untying the Knots also considers the Argentine situation but does a better job of presenting the Catholic Church.—Augustine J. Curley, Newark Abbey, NJ

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781630060053
Publisher:
Humanix Publishing LLC
Publication date:
11/15/2013
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
238
Sales rank:
246,528
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0 MB

Meet the Author

A politician by vocation and journalist and consultant as his profession, Luis Rosales was elected as the youngest State Representative in the Province of Mendoza, Argentina, in 1989. Two years later he was nominated as Secretary of Tourism, where he projected this activity as one of the most important source of revenues for the Province. In 2000, he was nominated as Argentina Tourism Representative for the United States and Canada, based in New York City. In 2011, he was a candidate for governor in Mendoza, representing Compromiso Federal, a union of three local and national conservative parties. He studied economics at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, in Mendoza. He got a master’s degree in International Relations from Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires and a Master of Arts degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston, MA. He teaches Political Communication at the Jesuit Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires. He is the Latin American partner of Dick Morris. Together they have worked in more than a dozen presidential campaigns around the region. Until the end of 2012, he was the president of Fundacion Universitaria del Rio de la Plata, a 40-year-old institution devoted to the promotion and formation of young leaders. He was the international news columnist in Canal 9 in Buenos Aires for four years and in the national cable news station C5N for other five years. He writes articles and columns in several newspapers, magazines, and online media from Argentina and abroad. Rosales' previous publications include "El ponder. Como usario en beneficio de American Latina" with Dick Morris. Editorial Sudamericana, Buenos Aires, 2007; and "Otra Oportunidad. La Argentina en us Mundo Multipolar" Editorial Taeda, Buenos Aires, 2011.
A journalist for 32 years, Daniel Olivera began his career at the El Dia in La Plata, one of the oldest newspapers in Argentina. It was 1982, the year when the Military Junta occupied the Malvinas Islands starting a war against the United Kingdom. He has covered first as a journalist and then as section editor and editor in chief, practically all the most important issues of Argentina’s recent history: the end of the war, the collapse of the dictatorship, the return of democracy with President Alfonsin, the trial of the genocides, the hyperinflation, the arriving of President Menem, the two visits of Pope John Paul II, and in the new millennium the economic chaos of 2001-2002 which pushed the country to border of disintegration (time where the current Pope Francis played a key role as pacifier, during those difficult days with five Presidents in only one week) and finally the starting  of the Kirchner couple era, which extends for more than 10 years and three consecutive democratic mandates. He is the author of "Pecado, el negocio de la caridad en la Argentina" Editorial Planeta, Buenos Aires 2002 and "El macho, la Bestia negra de la democracia" Editorial Norma, Buenos Aires 2003.

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