Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Francis, Man of Prayer by Mario Escobar

  He took over from Pope Benedict XVI when  Benedict stepped down. So we wonder. Just what type of person is he and is he going to make a good Pope? Just how is he going to be different?
            These questions remain to be answered. The man has only been in office a short while. He has not been there long enough to make a definite mark or change.
            Escobar presents us a public relations look at the man called Pope Francis, - Jorge Mario Bergoglio.. Someone had to write the introduction to the man.
            Pope Francis is facing an institution rifled with problems. Only time will tell if he is the right man for the solution needed.
            Escobar has sectioned his report in three parts. The first part covers the early upbringing of Bergoglio , a peaceful  family life, a good education, a call to the priesthood.
            The second part covers the order he joined and the journey taken to get to the conclave of 2013. It details the  interfacing with previous Popes that kept him in the loop. He never put himself forward but blended.
            Part three  presents five challenges he will be facing as Pope.
            This small book200 pages including the notes and bibliography  is a good introduction to this new Pope. It is recommended for the general public.
            I received this book  free through the book review blog program of  BookSneeze and was not obligated to give a positive review. Any viewpoint expressed is that of the book reviewer and not that of the publisher.

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