The Great Reformer

Francis and the making of a radical pope

Austen Ivereigh
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The most authoritative biography of Pope Francis traces the life of this revolutionary thinker from his childhood in Argentina to the highly regarded world leader he is today. It identifies the pope's innovative vision for the Church, and the obstacles he faces in an institution still strongly defined by its conservative past.

'If you wish to understand Pope Francis, read this book.' - Father Thomas Rosica, Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation

Pope Francis is the most talked-about and most revolutionary pope in living memory. With his rejection of papal pomp, focus on the poor, and fearless critiques of injustice and corruption, he has captivated the world.

The Great Reformer is an intimate, in-depth biography of Pope Francis. Drawing on extensive interviews in Argentina and other countries, it traces the roots of his papacy in his childhood in Buenos Aires, in his Jesuit training, and in the dramatic events during the Peron era and the military government in Argentina in the 1970s. It shows how these experiences have shaped his beliefs, and enabled him to challenge and redirect the Church.

Pope Francis was elected in the midst of one of the biggest crises in the Church in modern times. This is the story of a true radical who is transforming the Church by restoring what it has lost.

'This is a great read about a man who's exploded into our consciousness, whom we're yet to really know but whom we sense may offer precious revitalisation for our bruised Church.' - Geraldine Doogue

'a richly researched, artfully constructed and consistently compelling account of a remarkably complex and controversial life' - Times Literary Supplement

Author bio:

Austen Ivereigh is a British writer, journalist, and commentator on religious and political affairs who holds a doctorate from Oxford University. His work appears regularly in the Jesuit magazine America and in many other periodicals. He is well known on British media, especially on the BBC, Sky, ITV and Al Jazeera, as a Catholic commentator.

Category: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781760291181
Table Of Contents: Prologue

1. Far Away and Long Ago (1936-1957)

2. The Mission (1958-1966)

3. Storm Pilot (1967-1974)

4. Crucible (1975-1979)

5. The Leader Expelled (1980-1992)

6. A Bishop Who Smelled of Sheep (1993-2000)

7. Gaucho Cardinal (2001-2007)

8. Man for Others (2008-2012)

9. Conclave (2013)

Epilogue: The Great Reform


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Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: November 2015
Page Extent: 464
Format: Paperback - C format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Biography: general