The vision of Pope Francis, as seen by one of the world's leading liberation theologians.
In his choice of a name, did Pope Francis also indicate an agenda, a vision, and a sense of mission? As Leonardo Boff observes, the spirit of St. Francis, the most beloved of all saints, invites the church to embrace the poor, to promote peace, and to adopt an ecological consciousness. In embracing these values, Pope Francis has unleashed enormous hopes.
In this enthusiastic work, Boff explores the connections between the two Francises--and the promise they hold for the church and the world today.
Leonardo Boff spent more than thirty years as a Franciscan, including 22 years as a professor at the Franciscan Institute of Petropolis in Rio de Janeiro. Since leaving the Franciscan order and the priesthood in 1992, he has served as professor of ethics at the University of Rio de Janeiro. He has written more than eighty books, including Jesus Christ Liberator, Christianity in a Nutshell, and Francis of Assisi.
There is no shortage of excitement about Pope Francis, but very little critical theological analysis of his ministry . . . [Boff] one of the most credible theological voices of Catholicism supplies it.
- Publishers Weekly
Amidst the deluge of books about Pope Francis, Leonardo Boff's is the best informed and most eloquently written of any His book is at once supple, elegant and utterly absorbing.
- Harvey Cox, author, The Silencing of Leonardo Boff
Leonardo Boff is in a unique and informed position to write this book. He brings historical, theological, and cultural analysis--along with a lot of inspiration--to present the world with the genuine newness of these two revolutionary men named Francis. Read, and get ready for a truly catholic and ecumenical Christian hope!
- Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M.