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Pope Francis in his Own Words
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 22 July 2013
This small book, about the size of a larger coat pocket, is packed with information on the opinions of the new Pope on a whole variety of topics. If you want to catch up on the opinions of this, the new leader of the Roman Catholic, this is probably one of the best places to begin and easiest place to get a pretty comprehensive overview.

There are seven or eight pages of contents, although some of the headings have just a single quotation/citation or two each, at the back of the book there is a four page timeline from birth to election as pope, the rest of the book is a very detailed list of citations providing publication and website references for every single quotation. There is no index but in the case of this book the contents is equivocal to an index, each topic or word is precisely referenced, for instance "on cities", "on citizenship", "on the conclave", "on conversation".

This publication is similar to, and as good as, publications of its kind produced by or with a focus upon the opinions of other public leaders/spokespeople or spokespersons for world religions. It is a publication which obviously will be of interest to members of the faith community of which Pope Francis is now the leader but it could interest anyone who collects quotations of public figures or a generally interested reader who may wish to find out his opinions on ethics (the Pope's view of law, morals, mercy and injustice for instance) and spiritual matters (Homolies, the virgin mary, Jesus and religious life for instance).

There are also opinions on what could be more popular concerns, since they have been taken up by the media and opponents of the Roman Catholic church, such as peadophile priests (Francis states that those in authority must take unflinching views of peadophilia, a condition predating ordination and not caused by celibacy, also that the previous idea of moving peadophile priests between parishes was wrong), there are also topics of more public or popular kinds (the relationship between church and state, freedom, money and neo-liberalism).

Like any collection of citations and quotations the pace can be uneven and style of delivery jump about a bit but that is to be expected, the assembly of the citations and ordering of them will to some extent reflect the priorities or interest of the editors but I cant imagine a more comprehensive and cohesive collection as the one right here. Some of the quotes are a bit obscure, not making perfect sense, others prove to be more banal and having read some other Latin American Roman Catholic thinkers, like Oscar Romero, there's a definite style in the delivery.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Reading his speeches, and his wonderful one liners, revealed a man at peace with himself and with God. So a great servant of the Lord, who is being used in a wonderful way as Pope.

A book to be read by all who wish to understand dear Pope Francis.

The world and the church is richer for his witness
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 29 June 2013
His words touch the hearts on account of the simple loving manner they are given, and for the fact that they manifest a very deep, personal encounter and love of Jesus, the Father and the Spirit.

The book is necessarily limited to what has been said to date.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 March 2014
Pope Francis is a master of one-liners. This pocket-sized book can be carried anywhere and referred to for inspiration in all circumstances
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 8 January 2014
a book you can dip into. Very inspiring man. Have recommended to others to buy and read. A good introduction about the Pope
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on 25 May 2014
This man is a must for a Church that is to fulfill the promises made to us by our founder 'Our Lord Jesus Christ'.But we are to listen
and understand to what he is trying to convey to all
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on 27 August 2014
The book wasn't quite what I expected but there are some very encouraging truthful quotes. Pope francis us an amazing human being, defiantly worth a read
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on 24 July 2014
A simple and humble man of God with a simple message in holiness.
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on 3 January 2015
A very interesting book it deserves 5 stars
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 31 December 2013
My uncle is a priest and it is always difficult to buy gifts for him. He loves this. As a big fan of pope Francis he was delighted with the simple but interesting quotes in the book.
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