Jesus is walking ahead of us. He is always before us. He goes ahead of us and leads the way. This is the source of our confidence and our joy: to be his disciples, to remain with him, to walk behind him, to follow him.
Pope Francis is acclaimed for the humble and simple faith that he has demonstrated in public and private. In this major new book he presents the heart of his approach to living as a Christian: following in the steps of 'Jesus.
The book is divided into three parts: The Gospel of the Way, The Gifts of the Way, the Story of the Way. Francis has spoken and written widely on these themes during his first 18 months as Pope, and his thoughts are here collected for the first time, edited and abridged with full Vatican approval. Like his bestselling The Church of Mercy, this book is aimed at a broad readership of believers and non-believers, priests, religious, dedicated laypeople, and teachers.
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.