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Pope Francis in His Own Wordsby Julie Schwietert Collazo
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With the election of Argentinas Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the new Pope of the Catholic Church, attention has turned worldwide not only towards what he will do as Pope but how he has lived — and preached — in the past. Its clear that he has led a humble and unconventional life; for instance, instead of asking to be addressed as Your Eminence,” he preferred to simply be called Father Jorge.”
The best way to learn more about the new Pope is through his own writings he has authored a number of books and countless letters and sermons and past interviews. This book gathers over 250 quotations from the former Buenos Aires archbishop that will appeal to Catholics as well as anyone interested in learning more about how this new world figure will interact with political leaders throughout the world. Quotations are drawn from a variety of newspaper and magazine articles, transcripts, homilies, and speeches, as well as his books, including Sobre El Cielo and La Tierra.
Pope Francis in His Own Words will provide a concise and succinct way for people to quickly learn where he stands on the issues and discover his insights for Christian life.
The moment the identity of the newly elected 266th pontiff was revealed, it was clear to the thousands gathered in St. Peters Square, and to the watching world, that this pope was different in fascinating and exciting ways — the first from Latin America, the first Jesuit, and the first to take the name Francis, in honor of St. Francis of Assisi.
When Pope Francis, formerly Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, spoke from the balcony of St. Peters Basilica, he greeted his audience colloquially: Brothers and sisters, good evening.” Downplaying his power and position, he proceeded not to bless the crowd but to ask them for their blessing: I ask a favor of you,” he said, bowing humbly. Let us make, in silence, this prayer: your prayer over me.”
Francis has repeatedly foregone the fancy dress, lavish accommodations, and other luxuries of his position, emphasizing pastoral work with the sick and the poor and always seeking to empower the underdog. This revealing collection of his own words, gathered from sermons, interviews, and the Popes books, prompts understanding and insight into his way of being and believing — and inspires goodwill, love, and hope.
About the Author
Julie Schwietert Collazo has written for a variety of magazines including Time, National Geographic Traveler, and Latina, reporting widely on Latin America. She lives in New York, though she has called San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Mexico City home as well.
Lisa Rogak is the New York Times bestselling author of more than forty books and hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. Her books have been published in more than two dozen languages. She lives in New Hampshire.
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