He loves the tango, was trained as a chemist, and in his youth had a regular girlfriend whom he planned to marry. For a pope, Francis has an unusual life story.
Drawing on conversations, interviews, inside information and the pope’s own writings and talks, A Call to Serve offers behind-the-scenes reportage, first-hand commentary, moving personal reflections and a wealth of insights into the life and character of Jorge Mario Bergoglio.
A unique combination of words and pictures, designed to inform not only the faithful, but all who are curious about the new pope – the fresh approach he brings, the hope he inspires and the huge challenges he faces.
- Two Vatican experts join pens in this illuminating profile of the new pope – his humble background, his rise to the papacy and his compelling spiritual vision.
- Over 150 colour photographs
- Intriguing insights into Cardinal Bergoglio’s life in Buenos Aires – including his ministry during the brutal military dictatorship of the 1970s and 1980s
Stefan von Kempis
Stefan von Kempis is editor at Vatican Radio and author of several books on Pope Benedict XVI.
Philip F. Lawler
Philip F. Lawler has covered the Catholic Church as editor for Catholic World News and Catholic World Report, and has written several books on political and religious affairs.
To read this marvellous book is to encounter good Pope Francis intimately. It is an honest book, which does not avoid the complex questions about his time as Archbishop, but it will confirm the hope of many that the Church truly has chosen a man who will be a blessing to us all.
- Timothy Radcliffe, former master of the worldwide Dominican order
A large number of books about Pope Francis are being published …but the prize for the best illustrated among them must go to Stefan von Kempis and Philip F. Lawler’s A Call to Serve (SPCK). But as well as superb illustrations there is also an illuminating and well-informed text.
- Church of England Newspaper