Pope Francis:  Conversations with Jorge Bergoglio   -     By: Sergio Rubin, Francesca Ambrogetti
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Penguin Books / 2013 / Hardcover

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Culled from extensive interviews over a period of two years, Pope Francis: Conversations with Jorge Bergoglio paints the picture of a humble Jesuit priest, preferential to simplicity over fanfare. Elected in one of the shortest conclaves in history, Pope Francis (formerly Archbishop Bergoglio of Argentina) is portayed as a learned and introspective man, not afraid to discuss highly-charged topics. The book offers an inside peek into the Pope's personal life and discusses the extraordinary role he played in the last conclave where he is said to have been tied with Joseph Ratzinger. Also included are some of the Pope's own writings, full of wisdom and inspiration.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN-13: 9780399167430

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From Time Magazine's Person of the Year:  POPE FRANCIS: His Life in His Own Words
On March 13, 2013, the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, longtime Archbishop of Buenos Aires, now Pope Francis, was elected to succeed Pope Benedict.  He is the first Latin American pope, the first Jesuit pope, and the first to take the name Francis, after St. Francis Assisi, the 13th century monk known for his charity and kindness.

Elected in one of the shortest conclaves in history, the former Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina reveals, in a series of extensive interviews conducted over the course of two years, the very image of a humble priest, inspired teacher, and wise and adroit cardinal. What emerges is a portrait of a man more interested in substance over style, a compassionate cleric and teacher who has shunned the spotlight. In spontaneous, intimate terms, Archbishop Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, covers topics as wide-ranging as his childhood, family life, and the importance of his first job to discovering his calling and his early days in the seminary. The former archbishop was a teacher of psychology and literature until John Paul II consecrated him as a cardinal. He befriended writers like Jorge Luis Borges and cites Homer, Cervantes, and German and Italian poets with ease and offers nuanced thoughts about teaching. Thoughtful, intelligent, and even witty, he names Babette’s Feast as his favorite movie and Marc Chagall as his favorite painter.

A learned and introspective man, he does not avoid the uncomfortable subjects: the declining numbers of priests and nuns; celibacy; the sexual abuse scandals that have rocked the Church; and his opinions about and experience with the military dictatorship of his own crisis-riddled country. It also discusses the incredible role he played in the last conclave, where he is said to have been tied with Ratzinger in the second of three votes, and asked that the votes for him be transferred to Ratzinger.

Through his own words, we come to know a man whose actions and words reflect his deeply-rooted humility. The book concludes with the Pope’s own writings and reflections, full of wisdom and inspiration.

Author Bio

Sergio Rubin was born in Santa Fe, Argentina. He is an award-winning author, journalist, and is currently chief of religious news for the Clarín newspaper as well as editor of the supplement Valores Religiosos (Religious Values). He covered over a dozen of John Paul II’s trips, his funeral, and the election of Pope Benedict XVI. Among many international figures, he has interviewed Mother Teresa.  Francesca Ambrogetti was born in Rome. She is a journalist and social psychologist, and currently teaches journalism. In 1982 she headed the Association for Foreign Press in Argentina and from 2000 to 2003, the Association of Foreign Correspondents. She collaborates with the international media such as the Vatican Radio. 

Features & Benefits

  • Definitive book on the thoughts and beliefs of former Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, culled from two years of interviews.
  • Paints the man as one interested in substance over style. He shunned private transportation and the luxurious archbishop's residence in favor of bus and subway travel and his simple, austere office.
  • Speaks about his experiences as a teacher and reveals his wit and intelligence - he cites Homer and Cervantes, names Babette's Feast as his favorite movie, Marc Chagall his favorite painter.
  • Directly addresses highly-charged topics: celibacy, sexual abuse scandals, life-work balance, Argentinean politics.
  • Reveals the one question he always asks young parents in confession.
  • Discusses the extraordinary role he played in the last conclave where he is said to have been tied with Joseph Ratzinger
  • Authors Sergio Rubin and Francesca Ambrogetti are award winning journalists.
  • Includes a forward by Rabbi Abraham Skorka

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