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  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor Inc.,U.S. (1 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612787134
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612787138
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 978,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""Make me an instrument of your peace."St. Francis of Assisi

When the curtains were drawn and our new Holy Father stepped out into view of the 150,000 people waiting in St. Peter's Square, it was a humble and gentle man from Argentina who greeted them, not in triumph, but with a gentle wave.

He's a pope of "firsts" - the first Jesuit pope, the first pope from the Americas, and the first to choose the name of Italy's most famous saint.He is the son of an immigrant railway worker, and sibling of four.He was an active, social young man who trained to be a chemist before pursuing a religious vocation.He is a Jesuit priest and beloved spiritual director who even as archbishop of Buenos Aires was referred to as Father Jorge.He is an outspoken leader who experienced firsthand the challenges of a society ravaged by war, economic despair and cultural unrest.

Pope Francis is still new to us, but in this biography you will get to know the man who became pope: A street priest at heart with a deep love for people and a pastor's touch. He teaches in word and deed the truths of the Church and God's merciful love.

Get inside access to the entire history-making event, from the startling resignation of Pope Benedict through the gathering of Cardinals for the Conclave and the installation of this Pope of the people.

Examine Pope Francis the man - his background, his ideas, his mission, and his challenges and opportunities as our new pope - including 16 pages of full color photos from Pope Francis' past and present.

""I want to ask you to walk together, and take care of one another We need to see the light of hope and to be men and women who bring hope to others."" Pope Francis

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This book is a good introduction not only to the new Pope but also to the events immediately preceding his election, i.e. the resignation of Pope Benedict and the conclave. It dispels some misconceptions and myths about Pope Benedict, and goes on to set the new papacy in the context of Pope Francis's previous pastoral experience.
I recommend it for anyone looking for an in-depth but not too technical analysis of the transition from Pope Benedict to Pope Francis.
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This is a good book about a good man. Yet, like all men who rise to high office, Cardinal Bergoglio comes with political baggage. `Pope Francis' ignores these snags as if they didn't exist, leaving one with the lingering questions,

Why were so many left wing Argentinian socialists enraged when he was elected?

Why do so many surviving left-wing dissenters of the brutal military reign of terror in Argentina claim that Bergoglio sided with the juntas while tens of thousands of their friends were tortured and murder by death squads?

And most of all,

I wonder why there is nothing wrong with this man?

`Pope Francis' capitalizes on his compassion for the poor; so much so, it makes him out to be some kind of a Marxist.

This misconception - wrongly sensationalized by the press - has caused many to confuse him with the monumental Marxist John Paul I. The most credible theory concerning the murder of the youngest pope to die in four hundred years involves his threat to spread Marxism in Latin America: The Vatican Murders:: The Life and Death of John Paul I

Whereas both men are for the poor; like Christ before him, Francis--a compassionate capitalist--would ask (not force) the rich to help the poor. Like Marx before him, John Paul--a militant socialist--would tax (force) the rich to help the poor. Two very different men with two very different agendas to rid the world of poverty.

Too,`Pope Francis' was written before its time.

On March 13, 2013, the record of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio came to an end and the record of Pope Francis began. The true cloth of this Pope is yet to be determined. So far we have seen political gestures and words. Perhaps, in time, we will see some results.

Let's give him a chance.
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An excellent biography of the new pope and his journey to the papacy. A truly remarkable story a must read for those who are interested in this subject.
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I ordered this book for a friend as a birthday present. It duly arrived in good condition and she has told me it has been a most interesting book. I paid £19.43 plus £2.80 packaging and handling. However, when the book arrived I noticed on the outside of the packaging it said $9.72 as the value of the contents! I'm no expert on the current exchange rate but I have clearly been ripped off here! And to cap it all the same book is now available on Amazon for £11.69 and super saver delivery! The word "stitch-up" comes to mind!!! Not a Happy Bunny and I doubt Pope Francis would be either!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! Must reading...more than just a "biography"! 1 April 2013
By Kris McGregor - Published on Amazon.com
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Matthew Bunson once again demonstrates why he is one of our leading Church historians! No one articulates a moment with more grace and vision, than Dr. Bunson. More than just a "biography" of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina (which is offered beautifully in this volume), he places, in context, the extraordinary events and emotions leading to the election of the 265th successor of St. Peter...Pope Francis. The who, what, where, why and how are offered in vivid compelling detail. From the moment of Pope Benedict XVI's earth shaking resignation and its implications, to the Holy Spirit led deliberations of the Cardinals, Dr. Bunson masterfully sets the stage for the first presentation to the world of Pope Francis on the loggia of St. Peter's. We get the first in-depth look at the life and times of this "son of St. Ignatius", the challenges, controversies, triumphs of his life thus far, and what we might expect given Bergoglio's response to his election as the "bishop of Rome". Matthew Bunson is a joy to read...don't miss this definitive account of this truly remarkable story.
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars That was one heckuva Lent! 4 April 2013
By B. Polk - Published on Amazon.com
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OK, so I cried when Benedict XVI's helicopter flew away, and then I anxiously watched as the new white smoke billowed. I saw Francis' first small wave and continually heard stories of his small ways. Instead of merely waiting for the media's next serving and learning about him piecemeal, I wanted to put this chapter of church history into context. We were given a flurry of news reports and tweets and photos and memes, but Bunson fills in the gaps, in a way that only a modern Church historian and papal historian can. From Benedict XVI's resignation to our new Francis, here is the rest of the story.

There are three parts, each with three chapters (how very Trinitarian):
At the End There Was Silence
I Will Simply Be a Pilgrim
You Look for a Man Who Reminds You of Jesus

From the Ends of the Earth
In This Way the Church Will Go Forward
Be Protectors of God's Gifts!

A True Porteno
Jesus Is the Door
Grace Always Comes First

In plain English and speaking to the lay faithful in the pew, Bunson helps remove the confusion from the mystery of the events we just witnessed.
27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating read! 1 April 2013
By Polly King - Published on Amazon.com
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I was fascinated by this book! The author helps separate the facts from fiction in the media frenzy that followed Pope Benedict's announcement, and how social media and our culture shaped the world's perception of the events. The rest of the book is devoted to our new Holy Father -- his background, his ideas, and what makes him different from any other pope in history. I found this to be very readable and interesting.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting acquainted with our new Holy Father. 13 April 2013
By Paul Tognetti - Published on Amazon.com
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"When I take part in the conclave, I will look for the one who--irrespective of where he comes from--is very holy, very intelligent, and has really a world vision, a breadth of vision, a person of compassion, who can reach out to people, and a person with courage, unafraid to speak the truth and face criticism for the sake of the Gospel." -- Cardinal Oswald Gracias - Mumbai, India

If these indeed were the qualities that the members of the College of Cardinals had in mind as they headed to the conclave on March 12, 2013, then it would certainly appear that they got their man. The person that they selected on the fifth ballot, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina would certainly seem to embody each and every one of these virtues. Yet his election was a surprise to virtually everyone. Matthew E. Bunson has chronicled one of the most extraordinary months in history of the Roman Catholic Church in his new book "Pope Francis". From the announcement of the unprecedented resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on February 11, 2013 to the election and installation of Pope Francis just a few weeks later Bunson gives his readers inside access to these historic events. Meanwhile, you will come to know the new Pope by way of a number of memorable stories from his days as a priest, bishop and Cardinal in Buenos Aires. By choosing the name Francis the new Pontiff has given us a strong hint of the direction his Pontificate will be taking.

While "Pope Francis" was never meant to be a comprehensive biography of Jorge Mario Bergoglio the book is certainly a great way to become acquainted with the new leader of the world's one billion Catholics. At the very beginning of the book Matthew Bunson has included an interesting four page "Chronology of Events" of the new pope's life. There are also sixteen pages of photos to peruse. For those interested in gaining insight into this good and humble man Matthew Bunson offers up a number of touching stories from his years in Buenos Aires. As you will discover he is truly "a man of the people" who has consistently lived a very holy and simple life. While Archbishop of Buenos Aires he cooked his own meals, lived in a small apartment and routinely rode the subway. Furthermore he has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to the poor. Having said that he believes that the Church is ultimately not a political institution but rather a spiritual one. From the outset and to the chagrin of some of the more liberal elements within the church Pope Francis is making it abundantly clear that the Catholic Church is not what he described as "a charitable NGO" like UNICEF. Rather, Francis told the media in his first meeting with them the "Christ remains the center, not the Successor of Peter; Christ, Christ is the center. Christ is the fundamental point of reference, the heart of the Church."

In the closing chapters of "Pope Francis" Matthew Bunson speculates as to what the priorities of the new Pontiff are likely to be. Clearly, continuing Pope Benedict's call for a New Evangelization would appear to be at the top of that list. Francis will also have to deal with reform of the Curia, the continuing sex abuse crisis and the needs of the global church. He certainly has a lot on his plate. For Catholics and non-Catholics alike "Pope Francis" would serve as a fine introduction to this fascinating new Pope. And as the author loves to point out he is a man of many "firsts". Matthew Bunson has certainly whetted my appetite and I intend to read a more extensive biography of the new Holy Father in the not too distant future. I found "Pope Francis" to be very well written and quite easy to read. Highly recommended!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Matthew Bunson has done it again 15 April 2013
By Matthew Leonard - Published on Amazon.com
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Anyone familiar with Matthew Bunson knows he's a great historian, and he uses those skills to great effect in this book. This is no mere collection of facts. It's a great biography of the man we now know as Pope Francis. If you're looking to find out about our new pope, look no further.
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