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He has captured the imagination of people around the world, including those who thought they were ""done with"" Christianity. In ways no one could have expected and no one predicted, Pope Francis has become a living example of what it might mean to be a Christian in our time and place. The modern world was not ready for Pope Francis, but as has been demonstrated--in his travels to the United States and around the world, in his calls for mercy and defense of the vulnerable--Pope Francis was ready for the modern world.
New World Pope: Pope Francis and the Future of the Church explores how Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis--the ideas, experiences, influences, and passions that have formed this pastor who has inspired, challenged, encouraged, and angered people worldwide. Ten experts from around the world--scholars, journalists, church leaders, and others--provide insights into the origins and trajectories of Pope Francis' vision and hopes for the Christian community in our day. Persons intrigued by Pope Francis will find deeper insights into his witness via this exploration of the roots and trajectories of his sense of Christian mission and discipleship.
""Books about Pope Francis understandably proliferated as his charisma ignited responses from around the globe.¿New World Pope¿is distinguished by the range of perspectives among its authors, from journalist to theologian, Jewish rabbi to Catholic cardinal, biblical to Ignatian reflection. Together the authors present an insightful portrait of Francis' past formation, present vision, and, most importantly, the trajectory of his future impact on the church and on the world.""
--Timothy Matovina, University of Notre Dame
""This volume offers us great insight into this somewhat confusing or surprising figure. We are enlightened and challenged by the essays in this volume; challenged to confront Francis' call for 'pastoral conversion.' Yet this volume . . . does not lapse into the adolescent temptation of suggesting complete rupture. Rather, the continuity . . . is clearly outlined. I could not recommend this collection highly enough.""
--Conor Cunningham, author of Darwin's Pious Idea: Why the Ultra Darwinists and Creationists both Get it Wrong
Michael L. Budde is Professor of Catholic Studies and Political Science at DePaul University in Chicago, where he is also Senior Research Scholar in the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology. His published work focuses on ecclesiology, political economy, and world Christianity; recent works include The Borders of Baptism and the coedited Witness of the Body.