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A biography of Pope Francis that will describe how this revolutionary thinker will use the power of his position to challenge and redirect one of the world's most formidable religions.
An expansive and deeply contextual work, at its heart The Great Reformer is about the intersection of faith and politics - the tension between the pope’s innovative vision for the Church and the obstacles he faces in an institution still strongly defined by its conservative past. Based on extensive interviews in Argentina and years of study of the Catholic Church, Ivereigh tells the story not only of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the remarkable man whose background and total commitment to the discernment of God’s will transformed him into Pope Francis - but the story of why the Catholic Church chose him as their leader.
With the Francis Revolution just beginning, this biography will provide never-before-explained context on how one man’s ambitious program began - and how it will likely end - through an investigation of Francis’s youth growing up in Buenos Aires and the dramatic events during the Perón era that shaped his beliefs; his ongoing conflicts and disillusionment with the ensuing doctrines of an authoritarian and militaristic government in the 1970s; how his Jesuit training in Argentina and Chile gave him a unique understanding and advocacy for a "Church of the Poor"; and his rise from Cardinal to the papacy.
©2014 Austen Ivereigh (P)2014 Macmillan Audio
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By Judy Borlin on 01-11-15

I highly recommend this:) and I'm not catholic!

I have been so interested in Pope Francis since day one! I enjoyed getting to know him better and love the man of God he is committed to being!!

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By David Hart on 01-08-15

A great key to understanding Pope Francis

The author takes a unique approach in this biography of Pope Francis. Significant events since he has become the Bishop of Rome are analyzed by looking back at his past and leading up the current event.

Because Francis' papacy is quite new the book has a bit of an unfinished feel; that the chapters could be essays themselves and they don't quite fit together in a logical order: sort of what would happen if James Burke's Connections would be if all the different histories didn't fit together to build a single invention. I look forward when to this author's revision to this after the end Francis' papacy.

However, this book is invaluable in understanding how this pontiff will change the Church in becoming more ecumenical, collegial, mission focused, and emphasizing individual spiritual discernment more than ever. Pope Francis is not some South American Pope Paul II or a secret marxist/secularist/liberal/neoliberal/conservative/fascist. He truly is our first Jesuit pope and will hopefully bring all Christians together with the Church a new age of renewal and evangelization.

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By John McCluskey on 04-25-17

Fascinating Insight

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A New Hope

Any additional comments?

Insightful look into what make Pope Francis the tour de force he is.

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By Ben Gunn on 09-04-16

A book full of surprises

A book full of surprises about a man full of surprises. The book, like is erudite yet very readable and aceesible. The man has the potential and the moral and physical courage to be a King, a Kennedy or a Ghandi, but he wiil be a Francis.

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By Marita on 10-01-17

Couldn't finish it

I found this a bit tedious. Not sure why. Just didn't grab me enough to keep reading.

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