Synopses & Reviews
Two thousand years ago, Jesus said, "Follow me." What if the 21st-century Church actually heeded that call? What would the world look like if the Church were truly on the move? Simply put, very different. But these ponderings beg one more critical question: What exactly should the Church be moving toward? In Walking with Jesus: A Way Forward for the Church, Pope Francis's own words lead us to the answer. Francis urges us to make Jesus central in our individual lives and in the collective life of the Church—to walk toward him, and ultimately to walk with him at all times and in all places. Each chapter of this Vatican-authorized book helps us put one foot in front of the other as we move ever closer to God and to our neighbors through the sacraments, prayer, evangelization, the gifts of the Spirit, and service to others. Francis reminds us that while the Church is indeed made up of individual people, we must walk together as a community of believers in a transformative relationship with Jesus if the Church is to be an effective, faithful witness to the Gospel. With a foreword by Archbishop of Chicago Blase J. Cupich, Pope Francis's first major appointment in the United States,Walking with Jesus offers the Church a much-needed way forward, past its inner and outer walls, as it fearlessly follows Christ toward the future.
Pope Francis has captured the world’s attention with his seemingly counterintuitive approach to leadership. In The Church of Mercy
, readers get a first-hand look at Pope Francis’s vision of the good news of Christian hope and mercy.
Designed for a broad readership, The Church of Mercy is a compilation of essays, speeches, and homilies by Pope Francis since his election on being a church that exists among and for the people, solidarity with the poor, and the need to demolish the idols of power and money.
"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
In the year since he was elected, Pope Francis’s simple message of mercy, service, and renewal has spread to every corner of the world. Through his gentle demeanor, selfless actions, and welcoming call for service to others, Pope Francis has captured the attention of a world longing for an authentic message of hope—we want to hear what he has to say.
Collected from Pope Francis’s speeches, homilies, and papers presented during the first year of his papacy, The Church of Mercy is the first Vatican-authorized book detailing his vision for the Catholic Church. From how to be citizens of the world to answering God’s call for evangelization, Pope Francis's deep wisdom reminds us that the Church must move beyond its own walls and joyfully bring God's mercy wherever suffering, division, or injustice exists.
Named TIME Magazine’s 2013 “Person of the Year,” Pope Francis is helping the Church continue toward an authentic Christianity that is faithful to the Gospel and resonant with the world’s greatest needs. The Church of Mercy encourages each of us to ignite the flame within to help share the light of Christ and revitalize the Church.
"This joy is born from knowing that with Him we are never alone, even at difficult moments, even when our life's journey comes up against problems and obstacles that seem insurmountable--and there are so many of them!"
--Pope Francis, Homily on Palm Sunday, 24 March 2013
"The Church does not rest solely beneath the shadow of our steeple; rather, she embraces a vast number of peoples and nations who profess the same faith, are nourished by the same Eucharist, and are served by the same pastors."
--Pope Francis, General Audience, 9 October 2013
From the beginning of his pontificate, to walk
is the most used verb by Pope Francis. “Walking” sums up the image of a Church that gets out from itself, from its inner and external walls, to meet the people of God and the world. Pope Francis is acclaimed for the humble and simple faith that he has demonstrated in public and private. In this major new book, he presents the heart of his approach to living as a Christian: following in the steps of Jesus.
In Walking with Jesus: A Way Forward for the Church
, Pope Francis urges us to make Jesus central in our individual lives and in the collective life of the Church—to walk toward him, and ultimately to walk with him at all times and in all places.
With a foreword by Archbishop of Chicago Blase J. Cupich, Pope Francis’s first major appointment in the United States, Vatican-authorized Walking with Jesus offers the Church a much-needed way forward, past its inner and outer walls, as it fearlessly follows Christ toward the future.
Reflections from Pope Francis on what it means to be a true disciple of Jesus, and how discipleship can frame and form our everyday lives as Christians.
About the Author
Pope Francis was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio on 17 December 1936 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a young man, he worked briefly as a chemical technician and nightclub bouncer before entering the Jesuits. He was ordained a priest in 1969, and from 1973 to 1979, was Argentina’s Provincial Superior of the Society of Jesus. He became the Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998, and was appointed a Cardinal in 2001.
Following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on 28 February 2013, Bergoglio was named his successor on 13 March. He chose the name Francis in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. He is the first Jesuit Pope, the first Pope from the Americas, the first Pope from the Southern Hemisphere, and the first non-European Pope in over 1200 years.
Pope Francis has been noted for his humility, his concern for the poor, and his commitment to dialogue as a way to build bridges between people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and faiths.
Table of Contents
PART ONE | THE GOOD NEWS OF CHRIST
1. The Embrace of God's Mercy.....3
2. The Light of Faith.....7
3. The Christian Message.....9
4. The Revolution of Freedom.....12
5. Being with Christ.....15
PART TWO | A POOR CHURCH FOR THE POOR
6. Listen the Cry of the Poor.....23
7. A House of Communion.....26
8. A House That Welcomes All.....30
9. A House of Harmony.....33
10. Sent to Bring the Gospel to All the World.....36
PART THREE | LISTENING TO THE SPIRIT
11. Be Guided by the Holy Spirit.....43
12. Good News, Harmony, Mission.....46
PART FOUR | PROCLAMATION AND TESTIMONY
13. Do Not Be Afraid.....53
14. Bringing the Word of God.....55
15. Called to Proclaim the Gospel.....58
16. Conveying Hope and Joy.....62
17. Giving All.....65
PART FIVE | Full-Time Christians
18. Coming Out of Ourselves.....71
19. Walking ... 75
20. Taking the Cross ... 77
21. Evangelizing ... 80
PART SIX | SHEPHERDS WITH THE "ODOR OF THE SHEEP"
22. To Be a Pastor ... 85
23. Priests Who Come to Serve ... 89
24. The Anointing of the People ... 92
PART SEVEN | THE CHOICE OF THE LAST
25. To the Outskirts of Existence ... 99
26. Hospitality and Service . 102
27. Refugees and Those Uprooted from Life . 104
28. A Culture of Solidarity . 106
PART EIGHT | DEMOLISHING THE IDOLS
29. The Logic of Power and Violence . 111
30. The Cult of the God of Money . 113
31. The Leprosy of Careerism . 115
32. Undressing the Spirit of the World . 117
PART NINE | THE CULTURE OF GOOD
33. Free to Choose Good . 121
34. The Hunger for Dignity . 124
35. The Commitment to Peace . 127
36. For a New Solidarity . 129
PART TEN | MARY, MOTHER OF EVANGELIZATION
37. Her Example . 133
38. Her Faith . 136
39. Her Intercession . 140
List of Sources . 145