"What did we do to deserve such a man as Pope Francis? Every day the world drops its jaw in wonder at the work of art that is Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Read this book, and see how he is doing it."--Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M., author of Falling Upwards and On the Threshold of Transformation
"A magnificent book, bursting with profound spiritual insights, from a man who has quickly become one of the greatest spiritual teachers of our time."
- James Martin, SJ, author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage
“I can't even tell you the sense of wonder and gratitude I am feeling reading The Church of Mercy. Every Christian in at least the western world should read this man...at least read enough to know what Christianity has come upon or been given or will be watching develop over the next few years. This man sees, and is of, the Kingdom of God.”
–Phyllis Tickle, The Great Emergence
“Church of Mercy is a book for our time: the memorable message of love, mercy, and compassion in the words of the man whose deeds incarnate these values in our time. Not only Catholics but every human being who values what is best in us will cherish this book.”
– Michael Leach, author of Why Stay Catholic?
“Catechists are used to making things simple so that those they teach, especially children, can understand God’s Word. This is what makes Pope Francis such a natural catechist: he makes things simple. The Church of Mercy is a Godsend for catechists who will treasure the Holy Father’s simple yet powerful and inspiring words which make faith in Jesus Christ accessible to everyday people in their everyday lives.”
- Joe Paprocki, DMin | National Consultant for Faith Formation
This collection offers fascinating insight into the mind and heart of someone who has rapidly become one of the world’s most beloved public figures.
– Publishers Weekly
“In this major new work from Loyola Press, Pope Francis reminds us that the goal of Christian faith is not to be right, but to be holy, and that the way to holiness is through a merciful heart, open to God and the world. The pope’s message is a daring invitation to reimagine the Church's whole approach to pastoral ministry and the new evangelization.”
- Fr. Matt Malone, S.J.
President & Editor in Chief, America Magazine
"Pope Francis understands the world he is in, and does not separate himself from it. He does not want a closed Church, but an open one, and knows that ‘a bruised Church is better than an ill Church’. This is a book for everyone."
Joanna Thyer, 12 Steps to Spiritual Freedom (Loyola Press)
"Refreshingly humane, focusing on people rather than institutions. Admirers of Francis and students of church history alike will find this a useful introduction to the pontiff’s thought."