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Pope Francis was elected on the 13th of March, 2013, the first leader of the Roman Catholic Church from the Americas. We already have a number of titles by and about him in the library system. Here are some in English, for adults.
- Pope Francis: Conversations with Jorge Bergoglio
by Sergio Rubin and Francesca Ambrogetti
These conversations were recorded in 2010, when the Pope was still a Cardinal in Argentina. They range over his beliefs and his personal history, and his views on such topics as the decline in vocations, the sexual abuse scandals, and the military dictatorships in his native country.
- On Heaven and Earth: Pope Francis on Faith, Family, and the Church in the Twenty-first Century
by Jorge Mario Bergoglio and Abraham Skorka
Dialogues between the future pope and an Argentine rabbi and scientist, on such topics as interfaith dialogue, prayer, death, guilt, poverty, globalization and “some historical facts.”
- A Big Heart Open to God: A Conversation with Pope Francis, (interview) by Antonio Spadaro, SJ
The Pope speaks about his spiritual life, his hopes for change in the Church, his stance toward homosexuals, and toward women, and even his favorite movies.
- Francis, A New World Pope by Michel Cool
Cool, a French journalist, covers Pope Francis's journey to the papacy, his convictions, his personality, his writings, and the challenges he faces in his new office: the Church bureaucracy, evangelization in secularized societies, and poverty, among others.
- Pope Francis: Untying the Knots by Paul Vallely
Another journalist, Paul Vallely, attempts to objectively evaluate the Pope’s past as a conservative clergyman during Argentina’s Dirty War, and his later role as a more progressive Church leader and defender of the poor.
Photo credit: Catholic Church (England and Wales)
Vaughn Harrison works at Half Moon Bay Library. She has an enduring interest in religion and society.