A Call to Serve: Pope Francis and the Catholic Future

A Call to Serve: Pope Francis and the Catholic Future

by Stefan von Kempis, Philip F. Lawler


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Want to know the inside story of the recent abdication by one Pope and the election of a startling new one--complete with colorful photos and analysis by the noted journalist Philip Lawler?  Well, here it is.—Fr. C. J. McCloskey, Church historian and Research Fellow at the Faith and Reason Institute in Washington DC.

An outstanding photo journal featuring more than 150 full color photos tells the inspiring story of Pope Francis.  He loves the tango and was trained as a Chemist. In his youth he had a regular girlfriend whom he planned to marry. For a Pope, Francis has an unusual life story. Drawing from conversations, interviews, inside information, and the Pope's own writings and talks, A Call to Serve offers first-hand information, moving reflections, and profound insights into the life of Jorge Bergoglio, the fascinating papal election, the challenges ahead, and the heart of Pope Francis.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780824550059
Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company
Publication date: 05/15/2013
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 830,647
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Two veteran Catholic journalists, one based at the Vatican, the other in the U.S. join pens in this outstanding and entertaining international coproduction:

Stefan von Kempis is editor at Vatican Radio with inside access to the people and places at the Vatican and around the world. He holds degrees in history, theology, and Islamic studies, and is the author of several books on Pope Benedict XVI.

Philip F. Lawler has covered the Catholic Church as editor for Catholic World News and Catholic World Report for many years, and has written several books on religion and the church. He lives in Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Preface: A Grand Invitation 6

White Smoke over St. Peter's Square

Pope Francis meets a surprised world 10

A Bolt from the Blue

An historic resignation, and a host of questions 30

Entering the Conclave

The inside story 52

The Bishop from the Ends of the Earth

A Jesuit from Argentina 70

Series of Surprises

A new style for the Vatican 108


What awaits the one called to build bridges 138

The Curriculum Vitae of Jorge Bergoglio 157

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