Since the beginning of his pontificate, Pope Francis has spoken with passion, honesty and love on a wide range of issues. He has spoken on the topics of mercy and joy, and has demonstrated mercy and joy in his words.
Within is a sample of some of the Pope’s words so far, on the Church, on living a Christian life, on the environment and our care for it, on young people, on the family, on prayer and grace and forgiveness. Is collection contains just a taste of the mercy, joy and love Pope Francis has shown to date on topics close to the heart of the Church and to the heart of humanity.
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.
This little booklet assembles some the Pope's orbiter dicta since his election, with comments on the Church, on the sacraments, on Our Lady, on the role of women in the Church, and insightful comments on himself and his earlier experiences as a leader, and how he, as an admitted sinner, has learnt from those experiences.
In the few pages a strong personality emerges, a man who speaks frankly as he finds things, with no resort to the tedious circumlocutions that have so bedeviled the Church attempts to communicate in the age of the modern media and internet. Indeed the highlighted phrases are labeled ‘tweets’, a sign of the times indeed - though even Pope Francis might find it hard to fully express his views in 140 words or less.
– The Irish Catholic, 9 January 2014