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Pope Francis is written by Dr. Matthew Bunson, the author of the first biography of Pope Benedict XVI in the English language, The Pope Encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Catholic History and the upcoming Encyclopedia of U.S. Catholic History. Bunson is also a professor of Church History and a consultant to news organizations all over the world, including USA Today and ABC News and has appeared on countless radio and television programs, including CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, EWTN, Relevant Radio, the BBC, NPR and France 24.
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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor (April 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612787134
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612787138
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #765,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matthew Bunson once again demonstrates why he is one of our leading Church historians! No one articulates a moment with more grace and vision, than Dr. Bunson. More than just a "biography" of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina (which is offered beautifully in this volume), he places, in context, the extraordinary events and emotions leading to the election of the 265th successor of St. Peter...Pope Francis. The who, what, where, why and how are offered in vivid compelling detail. From the moment of Pope Benedict XVI's earth shaking resignation and its implications, to the Holy Spirit led deliberations of the Cardinals, Dr. Bunson masterfully sets the stage for the first presentation to the world of Pope Francis on the loggia of St. Peter's. We get the first in-depth look at the life and times of this "son of St. Ignatius", the challenges, controversies, triumphs of his life thus far, and what we might expect given Bergoglio's response to his election as the "bishop of Rome". Matthew Bunson is a joy to read...don't miss this definitive account of this truly remarkable story.
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OK, so I cried when Benedict XVI's helicopter flew away, and then I anxiously watched as the new white smoke billowed. I saw Francis' first small wave and continually heard stories of his small ways. Instead of merely waiting for the media's next serving and learning about him piecemeal, I wanted to put this chapter of church history into context. We were given a flurry of news reports and tweets and photos and memes, but Bunson fills in the gaps, in a way that only a modern Church historian and papal historian can. From Benedict XVI's resignation to our new Francis, here is the rest of the story.

There are three parts, each with three chapters (how very Trinitarian):
1) THE VACANT SEE:
At the End There Was Silence
I Will Simply Be a Pilgrim
You Look for a Man Who Reminds You of Jesus

2) WE HAVE A POPE:
From the Ends of the Earth
In This Way the Church Will Go Forward
Be Protectors of God's Gifts!

3) YOU ARE PETER:
A True Porteno
Jesus Is the Door
Grace Always Comes First

In plain English and speaking to the lay faithful in the pew, Bunson helps remove the confusion from the mystery of the events we just witnessed.
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I was fascinated by this book! The author helps separate the facts from fiction in the media frenzy that followed Pope Benedict's announcement, and how social media and our culture shaped the world's perception of the events. The rest of the book is devoted to our new Holy Father -- his background, his ideas, and what makes him different from any other pope in history. I found this to be very readable and interesting.
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"When I take part in the conclave, I will look for the one who--irrespective of where he comes from--is very holy, very intelligent, and has really a world vision, a breadth of vision, a person of compassion, who can reach out to people, and a person with courage, unafraid to speak the truth and face criticism for the sake of the Gospel." -- Cardinal Oswald Gracias - Mumbai, India

If these indeed were the qualities that the members of the College of Cardinals had in mind as they headed to the conclave on March 12, 2013, then it would certainly appear that they got their man. The person that they selected on the fifth ballot, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina would certainly seem to embody each and every one of these virtues. Yet his election was a surprise to virtually everyone. Matthew E. Bunson has chronicled one of the most extraordinary months in history of the Roman Catholic Church in his new book "Pope Francis". From the announcement of the unprecedented resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on February 11, 2013 to the election and installation of Pope Francis just a few weeks later Bunson gives his readers inside access to these historic events. Meanwhile, you will come to know the new Pope by way of a number of memorable stories from his days as a priest, bishop and Cardinal in Buenos Aires. By choosing the name Francis the new Pontiff has given us a strong hint of the direction his Pontificate will be taking.

While "Pope Francis" was never meant to be a comprehensive biography of Jorge Mario Bergoglio the book is certainly a great way to become acquainted with the new leader of the world's one billion Catholics.
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Anyone familiar with Matthew Bunson knows he's a great historian, and he uses those skills to great effect in this book. This is no mere collection of facts. It's a great biography of the man we now know as Pope Francis. If you're looking to find out about our new pope, look no further.
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Very comprehensive review of time between Benedicts announcement to retire and the early days of Pope Francis's election.
Nice history of precedents of pope's "resigning" and overview of Pope Francis's biography and explanation of problems for the Church and the poor in Argentina. Photos of the new pope's family and younger day. Gives one an idea of Pope Francis the man; a man who knows who he is - he walks with the anawim.
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