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The Church of Mercy

His First Major Book: A Message of Hope for All People

ISBN13: 9780232531244

ISBN10: 0232531242

Publisher: Darton,Longman & Todd Ltd (31 Mar. 2014)

Extent: 192 pages

Binding: Paperback

Size: 13.8 x 1.6 x 20.1 cm

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  • 'The Church’s primary task is to bear witness to the mercy of God and to encourage generous reactions of solidarity in order to open a future of hope.'


    The focal point of Pope Francis’ Church is mercy: in the dialogue between human fragility and God’s mercy the Church has to welcome and help everyone to find the ‘good news’ of Christian hope. As part of his revolutionary new vision for the Church, Francis calls on all believers to be ‘full-time Christians’ and not ‘living-room Christians’, and to struggle against the trappings of power, and the worship of money and careerism.


    Francis has spoken and written widely on these themes during his first year as Pope, and his thoughts are here collected for the first time, edited and abridged with full Vatican approval.


    The book is aimed at a broader readership, believers and non-believers, priests, religious, dedicated laypeople, and teachers.


    10 chapters as follows: The Good News of Christ; A Poor Church for the Poor; Listening to the Spirit; Proclamation and Testimony; Full-time Christians; Shepherds with the ‘odour of the sheep’; The Choice of the Last; Demolish the Idols; The Culture of Good; Mary, Mother of Evangelism.


    Pope Francis is the 266th and current Pope, the worldwide leader of the Catholic Church

  • Vincent Nichols

    Pope Francis


    Pope Francis was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio on 17 December 1936 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a young man, he worked briefly as a chemical technician and nightclub bouncer before entering the Jesuits. He was ordained a priest in 1969, and from 1973 to 1979, was Argentina’s Provincial Superior of the Society of Jesus. He became the Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998, and was appointed a Cardinal in 2001.


    Following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on 28 February 2013, Bergoglio was named his successor on 13 March. He chose the name Francis in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. He is the first Jesuit Pope, the first Pope from the Americas, the first Pope from the Southern Hemisphere, and the first non-European Pope in over 1200 years.


    Pope Francis has been noted for his humility, his concern for the poor, and his commitment to dialogue as a way to build bridges between people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and faiths.

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    A brilliantly edited work that clarifies, consolidates and illuminates (Pope Francis's) views on the Church, the poor, mission, evangelism, social justice and injustice, and so much more that we have come to understand he has a heart for and a willingness to speak out on.

     - Together Magazine


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