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On Heaven and Earth: Pope Francis on Faith, Family, and the Church in the Twenty-First Century Hardcover – 19 Apr 2013


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  • Hardcover: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Image (19 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0770435068
  • ISBN-13: 978-0770435066
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 727,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born in Buenos Aires in 1936. He was elected Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998 and was created cardinal by Pope Jean Paul II in 2001 with the title of cardinal priest of San Roberto Bellarmino, a church served by Jesuits. He was elected the 266th Pope in March 2013.

Rabbi Abraham Skorka was born in Buenos Aires in 1950. He is Rector of the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary and has published numerous articles in the fields of Talmudic and Biblical research. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr Richard Norton on 21 May 2013
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This wonderful book works on a number of different levels. It gives an insight into the thoughts of the new Pope and the directions in which his pontificate might move. It certainly gives the lie to his having anything whatever to do with opporession or discrimnation from what ever quarter it might come - even the former regimes inArgenmtina. On another level it is a very useful and clear example of Chrisitan-Jewish relationships and the curent state of this dialogue. Finally, this book should be read by anyone interested in the interface between relgion and politics and the quest for sovcial justice in both.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Josephine McCrea on 28 Jun 2013
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This is an ideal book for the lay person, whatever his/her religious beliefs. It is very accessible and does not demand a profound understanding of theology though it deals with profoundly important issues. What really appeals to me as I read it is that I have a sense of actually being in the company of the Pope Francis and Rabbi Skorka while they exchange their views. One gets the feeling of being in the presence of two very holy men who nevertheless are very much in tune with the 21st century. I would heartily recommend this book to anyone who is interested in exploring theological questions, as well as world issues that affect the lives of all of us
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Phimester on 22 July 2013
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An excellent erudite introduction to Roman Catholic and Jewish theology. This is a genuine Moral and Ethical dialogue between Pope Francis (Jorge Mario Bergoglio) and Rabbi Abraham Skorka spread over a period of time whilst living in Argentina. I felt as though I was intruding into their private lives A wonderful read from which I have gained so much.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. MANGION on 30 May 2013
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This book is a revealing discussion between the then Archbishop of Buenos Aires and the leading Jewish leader of his country. Monsignor Bergoglio is sincere and willing to talk about any issues related to national and worldwide religious matters
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Frances M. Mclean on 19 Sep 2013
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A significant step in establishing a rapport between faiths. The dialogue is informal yet profound.
I have found this book encouraging and comforting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WILLIAM JOLLIFFE on 17 Mar 2014
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Pope Francis and Rabbi Skorka demonstrate great respect for each other's views. They make real the Catholic church's commitment to dialogue with its elder brothers in faith. This book casts considerable light on Pope Francis' personality, and his openness to other human beings. Let us listen to the real Pope Francis (eg his prepapal record), NOT to the fantasies of the political left about the sort of Pope they want Pope Francis to be. In English translation, in the Spanish original, this book provides some of the reality of Pope Francis.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Byletts on 18 Feb 2014
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Gives an excellent insight into the new Pope's thinking on many subjects. Well worth a read, even for non-Catholics, because you will get another view of Catholic teaching that isn't hidebound. An uplifting and broadening experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carm on 20 Dec 2013
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I haven't finished this book yet but I've rated it highly because, so far, I just love it. I will review it in full, when I complete it. I recommend it to other readers.
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