Pope Francis Paperback

Untying the Knots: the Struggle for the Soul of Catholicism

by Paul Vallely;


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Pope Francis

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From his first appearance on a Vatican balcony Pope Francis proved himself a Pope of Surprises. With a series of potent gestures, history's first Jesuit pope declared a mission to restore authenticity and integrity to a Catholic Church bedevilled by sex abuse and secrecy, intrigue and in-fighting, ambition and arrogance. He declared it should be 'a poor Church, for the poor'. But there is a hidden past to this modest man with the winning smile. Jorge Mario Bergoglio was previously a bitterly divisive figure. His decade as leader of Argentina's Jesuits left the religious order deeply split. And his behaviour during Argentina's Dirty War, when military death squads snatched innocent people from the streets, raised serious questions - on which this book casts new light. Yet something dramatic then happened to Jorge Mario Bergoglio. He underwent an extraordinary transformation. After a time of exile he re-emerged having turned from a conservative authoritarian into a humble friend of the poor - and became Bishop of the Slums, making enemies among Argentina's political classes in the process.
For Pope Francis - Untying the Knots, Paul Vallely travelled to Argentina and Rome to meet Bergoglio's intimates over the last four decades. His book charts a remarkable journey. It reveals what changed the man who was to become Pope Francis from a reactionary into the revolutionary who is unnerving Rome's clerical careerists with the extent of his behind-the-scenes changes. Published to coincide with Pope Francis's visit to the USA in 2015, Paul Vallely's revised and expanded edition of Pope Francis,The Struggle for the Soul of Catholicism offers a wealth of new material and penetrating insights into the kind of leader Pope Francis has and will become.

Pope Francis by Paul Vallely was published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in August 2015 and is our 61384th best seller. The ISBN for Pope Francis is 9781472915962.

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Page last updated 26th April 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC (August 2015)
EditionRevised and Updated Edition
Weight777g
Number of Pages496
Height234 mm
Width153 mm
ISBN9781472915962
ISBN-101472915968
Product Code4325777
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