A New Shelf Ready For The Papal Visit
As expected, Pope Francis’ visit to the country has garnered a lot of media and commercial attention. The publishing world has not been left behind, in keeping up with the publishing phenomenon that is the Pope, and here are some notable books that have caught on with the Papacy trend.
The Great Reformer, Austen Ivereigh
Many agree that Pope Francis has breathed new life into Roman Catholicism. His ‘step down from the pedestal toward the flock has brought comfort and guidance’ to many in the flock who previously felt disillusioned by the faith. He’s brought hope to those who felt as though the faith had abandoned and failed them.
In Austen Ivereigh’s account, we come to a better understanding of the unique circumstances that influenced the life and later, work, of Pope Francis. From his progression from a young Jesuit leader, then as Archbishop of Buenos Aires, and now as the spiritual father of over one billion Catholics.
Austen Ivereigh is a London-based Roman Catholic journalist, author, commentator and campaigner.
Pope Francis: The Struggle for the Soul of Catholicism, Paul Vallely
Previously known as Pope Francis: Untying the Knots, this is one of the first biographies ever done on Pope Francis. The book derived its initial title from one of the many images of the Virgin Mary that pope Francis admires. The book documents many of the Pope’s travels and his initial years in office. If you’re curious about the leadership structure in the current papacy, this book comes highly recommended.
Paul Vallely is a respected British writer who finds his niche in matters that pertain to religion, ethics, and international development.
Pope Francis’ Little Book of Wisdom: The Essential Teachings, Compiled by Andrea Kirk Assaf
This pocket sized collection of quotes taken from some of his famous speeches and teachings serves as a reminder of how his words transcend religion to reach and affect the lives of Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Featuring 400 quotes cleverly divided into twelve chapters, the book is a respite from the complex and conflicting human experience of loss, heartache, hopelessness and despair.