Book Review: Pope Francis, The Pope From the End of the Earth

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From the description:

“In Pope Francis: The Pope from the End of the Earth best-selling author Thomas J Craughwell explores the life of Pope Francis, including his birth and early years ‘at the end of the earth’ in Argentina; his mystical experience as a teenager that drew him to religious life; his years as a priest and bishop with a heart for the poor and marginalized; and his unflagging courage to teach and defend the Catholic faith.”

My Comments:

I was a little leery about reading Pope Francis because of the bad experience I had when I read another book about his life but my concern was unwarranted. Pope Francis is a beautiful book that gives a great overview of the last days of Pope Benedict’s pontificate, the conclave process and eventually the life of our Holy Father leading up to his election. Craughwell also didn’t shy away from outlining the challenges facing our new Pope but he does so with respect and truth.

Along the way, I learned about liberation theology and why it is contrary to the Catholic faith; I learned about Pope Francis’ devotion to “Our Lady, Undoer of Knots,” and tidbits about Saint Ignatious of Loyola and St. Francis of Assisi. Oh, and I also learned the history of why the Popes change their name and a little history behind the Sistine Chapel.

Craughwell also went into some detail about the Pope’s love for the poor and his fearlessness in fighting for social justice. He talks about the Pope’s fight against abortion, euthanasia, human trafficking, and other injustices against life. the author even went into the Pope’s role during the “Dirty War” of Argentina and the efforts he made that contributed to the release of two fellow Jesuit priests who were capture.

Throughout the book there are stunning images depicting the life and spirituality of our Holy Father. These lovely pictures complete the book and give a deeper insight into our Holy Father. You can just see the holiness and love that emanates from this man. And at the end of the book there are two homilies from our Holy Father, his first homily and the homily he gave during his installation mass.

I want to sum up this review with the following words of the author:

“At this writing, Francis has been pope for only a short time. The media and the general public are still gushing over the novelty of a pope from Argentina, a pope who wears black shoes instead of red, a pope who lives in a smallish hotel suite instead of the pope’s apartment in the Apostolic Palace, a pope who urges us to love and help one another, especially those who are most in need of our assistance. All interesting details that tell us something about the man the cardinals brought to us from the end of the earth. But no matter what color shoes he wears, Francis is the pope, the successor of St. peter, the man with the weight of the world-both Catholic and non-Catholic-upon his shoulders and upon his conscience.”

I absolutely recommend this book and give it four (4) stars.

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  1. Great review. Thank you, i was wondering how this book was – sounds good.
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