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Posted May 30, 2013
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.
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Posted July 7, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 23, 2013
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