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The boundary-breaking election of Pope Francis
and what it means for Catholicism

This thoughtful, lively introduction to Pope Francis’s life and his promising future in the Vatican details the historic events surrounding Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation, the subsequent election of Pope Francis, and the particulars of the new pope’s spirituality and thought. The book, jointly crafted by a Vatican Radio editor and journalist and the editor of the internet news service Catholic World News, artfully combines European and American perspectives and looks at the implications of the election of the first pope from the Americas who also is the first Jesuit pope in history. This beautiful volume features an accessible format, anecdotes and additional background information broken into boxes, and full-color photography on nearly every page, all the while relating the gripping stories of a man who has confronted poverty, dictatorship, and revolution.

A Call to Serve
Features
  • Full color photography on every page
  • Vivid storytelling and in-depth analysis from Stefan von Kempis and Philip F. Lawler
  • Insights from Pope Francis’s friends, family, and even his childhood sweetheart
  • Firsthand accounts of Vatican proceedings
  • Reflections by Pope Francis on the heart of our faith, and his relationship with Jesus
  • The daunting challenges that face the new Pope

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