The Great Reformer

Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope
Author(s): Austen Ivereigh
Original Publish Date: Nov 25, 2014
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (15.67 hours)
Product Number: Z100125432
Released: Jun 01, 2017
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781427244284
Narrator/s: Austen Ivereigh
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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A biography of Pope Francis that will describe how this revolutionary thinker will use the power of his position to challenge and redirect one of the world's most formidable religions An expansive and deeply contextual work, at its heart The Great Reformer is about the intersection of faith and politics-the tension between the pope's innovative vision for the Church and the obstacles he faces in an institution still strongly defined by its conservative past. Based on extensive interviews in Argentina and years of study of the Catholic Church, Ivereigh tells the story not only of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the remarkable man whose background and total commitment to the discernment of God's will transformed him into Pope Francis-but the story of why the Catholic Church chose him as their leader. With the Francis Revolution just beginning, this biography will provide never-before-explained context on how one man's ambitious program began-and how it will likely end-through an investigation of Francis's youth growing up in Buenos Aires and the dramatic events during the PerOn era that shaped his beliefs; his ongoing conflicts and disillusionment with the ensuing doctrines of an authoritarian and militaristic government in the 1970s; how his Jesuit training in Argentina and Chile gave him a unique understanding and advocacy for a "Church of the Poor"; and his rise from Cardinal to the papacy.

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Author(s): Austen Ivereigh
Product Number EB00527749
Released: Nov 25, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
ISBN: #9781627791588

Professional reviews

"This biography enlightens listeners on both Pope FrancisÕs life and the history of the Catholic Church. British journalist Austen Ivereigh provides a detailed and enthusiastic narrative that keeps the facts interesting and engaging. As narrator, he gives justice to the chronicle of important life events that reveal how Pope Francis acquired his current views and became the influential leader he is today. Anyone who wishes to gain a deeper understanding of Jorge Mario Bergoglio the man and to be shown the connection between his history and his actions as a religious leader will not be disappointed, as Ivereigh brings a sensibility that other biographies have not. This will be a smooth and engaging listen, even for the cynical. D.Z. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"

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