Pope Francis: Conversations with Jorge Bergoglio
By Sergio Rubin and Francesca Ambrogetti
The only authorised biography of Pope Francis I, Jorge Bergoglio
Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was chosen as the next Pope in one of the shortest conclaves in history. He is the first Pope Francis, the first Jesuit Pope, the first Pope to come from Latin America. Who is this man, and how did he come to such high position?
This book begins with the arrival of Bergoglio's family in Buenos Aires in 1929, travelling from Italy, explores his childhood as one of a family of five, his first job as a factory cleaner and the bout of pneumonia which forced him to reassess his life completely. Then from his early days as a seminarian through his experience as a teacher of psychology and literature, through to his consecration as a cardinal by Pope John Paul II, Bergoglio shares his experiences of faith and life.
The difficult subjects are met head on, from the declining numbers of priests to celibacy and even the sex abuse scandals that have rocked the church - and through it all, Bergoglio's humble approach and desire to live an austere and faithful life shine through.
This is a Pope who will not allow himself to be fitted to a traditional mould - and the world waits with bated breath to see what his time as leader of the world's largest church will bring.
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 has interviewed major figures such as Mother Teresa and covered over a dozen of John Paul II's trips, his funeral, and the election of Pope Benedict XVI.
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 international media such as Vatican Radio.
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12 Feb 2015
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Hodder & Stoughton
'This book fleshes out the man and his ministry...it provides a clear and comprehensive picture of this most unconventional of Popes.' — Together Magazine
In this book, we read about Jorge Bergoglio as he really is, not as the restrictions of office would make him appear to be..if you want to read what he is like, read this book. — Reflections Magazine
It is a "must" for anyone wanting to know about Bergoglio the man. The book contains a mea culpa. Along the way, Bergoglio says, "I made hundred of errors. Errors and sins." — The Church Times
Some biographies like to present their subjects in a particular light; changing times or adding fresh details. This is not the case here, because the authors have instead transcribed the conversations they had with Jorge Bergoglio ... As such, there is almost a feeling of hearing him speak, and an awareness of the conversational flow of the meetings. — Oremus