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how St. Francis of Assisi heard the call of Christ.

"Francis, rebuild my Church!" It is also how Jorge Mario Bergoglio, at the age of 76, and a Jesuit, seems to have accepted his election to the papacy with the choice of a name that no other pope has ever chosen.


Who is Pope Francis?

elected in one of the shortest conclaves in history, first pope from the Americas and the first Jesuit pope


In the words, the ideas, and the personal recollections of Pope Francis--including material up to the final hours before his election--the most highly regarded Vatican observer on the international scene reveals the personality of this man of God as...

gentle and humble


What is his ancestry?

The son of Italian immigrants to Argentina, he made radically following Christ and the way of non-violence the pillars of his pastoral ministry in a country, continually tormented by social and economic inequities.


Was he a surprise choice?

This complete biography offers the keys to understanding the man who was a surprise choice, even a kind of revolutionary choice, for pope.


How does the pope live each day?

It is the story of the humble pastor of one of the world's largest archdioceses; a cardinal who takes the bus, talks with common folk, and lives simply.


why did the cardinal electors of the Catholic Church set aside political and diplomatic calculations ??

... to elect a pope to lead the renewal and purification of the worldwide Church of our time.


Who is the author?

Andrea Tornielli is a Vatican correspondent for the highly regarded Italian newspaper La Stampa who has collaborated with numerous Italian and international publications. His numerous books include Pius XII, the Pope of the Jews; The Choice of Martini; Pope Luciani: the Smile of a Saint; The Pope Who Saved the Jews; Benedict XVI, Guardian of the Faith; The Secret of Padre Pio and Karol Wojtyla; and The Attack on Ratzinger (with Paolo Rodari).


"Though the vast majority of Catholics are exceedingly pleased and edified by the love, simplicity, joy, and spiritual depth of Pope Francis, some press reports have criticized him for his "lack of response" to WHAT

the terrible dictatorship of Jorge Redondo in Argentina, while others have complained about his stands on gay parenting and the life issues.

In his timely biography of Pope Francis, Vatican insider Andrea Tornielli, has exposed the shallowness of these criticisms by giving a fair, objective and far more complete report of Archbishop Bergoglio's interaction with the dictatorship of Argentina (as well as its victims).


He splendidly conveys our Holy Father's personal attributes of

attributes of prayerfulness, devotion, humility, simplicity, affability, frugality, zeal for souls, ecumenical spirit and pastoral concern for the smallest and most vulnerable of God's children,