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TitleThe great reformer : Francis and the making of a radical pope
Author Austen Ivereigh
ImprintNew York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015
Descript xvi, 447 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

SUMMARY

This biography of Pope Francis describes how this revolutionary thinker uses the power of his position to challenge and redirect one of the world's most formidable religions
The most authoritative biography of Pope Francis traces the life of this revolutionary thinker from his childhood in Argentina to the highly regarded world leader he is today. It identifies the pope's innovative vision for the Church, and the obstacles he faces in an institution still strongly defined by its conservative past
"A gracefully written and meticulously researched account of Francis' life. The best English-language biography of the Pope to date."--New York Times Book Review.. When Pope Francis was elected in March 2013, he was virtually unknown. He fast captivated the world with his rejection of papal pomp, his love of the poor, his fearless critiques of injustice and corruption, and his far-reaching reforms of the Catholic Church ... This is the first intimate, in-depth biography of a pope whose visionary leadership has breathed new life into the Church and turned him into a global phenomenon ... Through extensive interviews in Argentina and elsewhere, and drawing on the author's deep knowledge of the country and Church that shaped him, The Great Reformer reveals the life, the spirituality and the thought of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as never before. It tells for the first time the story of how his visionary reform of the Jesuit order led to his internal exile in Argentina. It also offers the first behind-the-scenes accounts of the conclaves of 2005 and 2013 ... The Great Reformer shows how a shy, austere assistant bishop came to be the leader of the Latin-American Church and eventually pastor of over a billion Catholics ... 'This is a great read about a man who's exploded into our consciousness, whom we're yet to really know but whom we sense may offer precious revitalisation for our bruised Church. This book will help make up your mind.' - Geraldine Doogue
A biography of pope francis that describes the making of a revolutionary leader who is using the power of his position to challenge and redirect the world's largest christian church --from back cover


CONTENT

Far away and long ago (1936-1957) -- The mission (1958-1966) -- Storm pilot (1967-1974) -- Crucible (1975-1979) -- The leader expelled (1980-1992) -- A bishop who smelled of sheep (1993-2000) -- Gaucho cardinal (2001-2007) -- Man for others (2008-2012) -- Conclave (2013) -- Epilogue: The great reform


Francis Pope 1936- Popes -- Biography Biography

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Central Library (5th Floor)282.0922 I94G 2015CHECK SHELVES

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