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Whether or not they agree with everything that is said, readers of all religious backgrounds will be impressed by the substance and frankness of these conversations between Cardinal Bergolio and Rabbi Skorka. They clearly enact the call of the Second Vatican Council for "fraternal dialogues" between Catholics and Jews. This is how religious leaders should speak to one another: on the basis of sincere friendship and respect. This book will also encourage anyone who wondered if a pope from a non-European country could be personally committed to the Catholic Church's new relationship with Jews. —Philip A. Cunningham, Ph.D., Professor of Theology and Director of the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations, Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia
Posted April 23, 2013
This is a profoundly inspirational read. In the early days,Christians were observed "See how they love one another" This Church of Pope Francis extends that love to every one..whether religious,atheist,agnostic.It makes one feel good again about being Catholic,too. Divorced or not.
Highly recommended read for everyone.
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Posted August 6, 2013
Reading this book is a pure joy! Because of the form that it's written in, it's like being in the same room with then Cardinal Bergoglio and Rabbi Skorka and listening to some amazing conversations. Like a fly on the wall, only better! It's really interesting to get so much information on both the Catholic and Jewish perspective of things. I feel like I've learned so much by reading this book BUT it's not one of those books that you almost feel required to read to obtain knowledge it just happens naturally as you listen in to two very intelligent people having a conversation.
I learned some really interesting things - like some theories on why God didn't like the tower of Babel.
I love this line by Pope Francis on the devil "Maybe his greatest achievement in these times is has been to make us believe that he doesn't exist and that all can be fixed on a purely human level.
Here is another one on death, "In my case, for example, I think that every day I'm going to die. This does not distress me, because the Lord and life itself have given me the proper preparation."
Here is the list of topics they discuss:
Same Sex Marriage
Politics and power
Communism and Capitalism
The Conquest, Socialism, and Peronism
Arab Israeli Conflict
Future of Religion
This book is less than 200 pages. It is an easy read and it's filled with interesting topics. I recommend this book for anyone that like religious studies, Judaism, Catholicism, or Argentina.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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Posted August 3, 2014
What a nice book. Listening to the future pope and a rabbi discuss the issues of the day. I would recommend this book to anyone who would like a cleared view of how religion touches our everyday lives.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 16, 2014
Posted December 12, 2013