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Pray for Me: The Life and Spiritual Vision of Pope Francis, First Pope from the Americas

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From the founder and editor of Inside the Vatican magazine, the world's most well-informed, comprehensive monthly on the Roman Catholic Church, comes this enlightening introduction to the life and spiritual teachings of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, the first Pope of the Americas.

On March, 13, 2013, 115 Cardinals elected for the first time a Pope from outside of
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 30th 2013 by Image (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jun 17, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
The writing was 3 stars in this. But the message was definitely 4 stars. I enjoyed learning about the new pope. His story felt inspiring. He has a built a great platform. I hope he is able to accomplish and make progress in the avenues he has designated as a priority. He sounds like such a humble man who is so willing to do what he has been guided to do.
Azzam To'meh
Jan 18, 2015 Azzam To'meh rated it really liked it
And the new pope is a good cook apparently! It's a really good book to introduce a highly spiritual individual; look at his conduct, biography, and approach to the catholic insititution and the modern world. A highly recommended read!
May 28, 2013 Carla rated it really liked it
If you're reading this for an objective account of the life of the new Pope, then you might find yourself disappointed, because this book is definitely colored with pro-Catholic sentiment (the author is a well known Catholic journalist). However, if you're Catholic or a fan of the Pope already, then you'll most likely learn many more colorful details about this honorable man's past and about his hopes for the Church in the near future. I really enjoyed this book -- I thought it was impossible fo ...more
Jun 15, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
I was one of the lucky First Reads winners to receive this book about our new Pope, and it did not disappoint!

This is a great introduction to the life and pontificate of Pope Francis... I really like that the author divided it into three sections: first days after his election to the Papacy, his life prior to the election, and quotes taken from his writings and speeches... I grew to love him even more than I already had. He is truly a beautiful, joy-filled, Christian man that we have the blessin
Anna Rose
Jan 23, 2014 Anna Rose rated it really liked it
Pope Francis has made quite a stir since becoming Pope in early 2013. This book looks at his first few weeks and past. Beautiful and inspiring, this book helps you to understand this strong and novel man.
J.T. Therrien
Jun 08, 2015 J.T. Therrien rated it really liked it
This is an interesting book that explores Pope Francis' childhood influences, adult religious influences and some of his thoughts on a variety of topics affecting the Church. Moynihan also goes out of his way to show the theological continuity between Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.

Although I would not classify this book as "must read" for Catholics, it is an important book that helps to explain the sources of Pope Francis' more popular/controversial comments and actions which seem
Sep 29, 2013 Jerilyn rated it it was amazing
Want to own.
Dec 08, 2015 Junghoo rated it it was amazing
The book Pray for Me is a similar writing to a biography of Pope Francis (except that his story had just begun) that lists the lifetime perspective and few of the important things he did throughout the several days of inauguration. Bergoglio (pope’s born name), the Cardinal of Argentina, had been elected as the pope in March 13, 2013 after the Conclave. This book had arranged the first meetings; interviews, visits and Masses Pope Francis had performed in a chronological order. The plot has no d ...more
Robert Federline
Jul 29, 2013 Robert Federline rated it really liked it
Even in the field of religion we find authors who feed our need to be a part of a microwave/instant world. Here is a book on the first two weeks of the papacy of Pope Francis.
In fairness, this book is actually designed to introduce the English-Speaking world to the first Pope from the Americas, Argentinian Bishop, Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio. The picture that it provides is an intriguing one. He captured the hearts and imagination of much of the world when, upon his election by the College of
Though written quickly in the first weeks of Pope Francis' new role, this book provides journalistic and faith-inspired insight by one of the foremost American journalists. Well-researched on Francis' life, without bogging down into details, the insights on the spiritual guides of Francis and his concerns have proved prescient, especially given the upcoming encylical and his emphasis on both mercy and the Church. Originally, I borrowed this book online, but purchased it, as I will be referring t ...more
Jul 03, 2013 Wendy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
This is a wonderful book about the man who the world has come to know as Pope Francis. His early days as Pope are described beautifully and eloquently. As someone who watched the process intently, it is nice to have insight as to what was going on behind the scenes. Robert Moynihan also gives the reader some interesting background on the early life of our new Pope. I think my favorite part of this book are the quotes that were included, Jorge Mario Bergoglio's views on everything from God to Cul ...more
Apr 17, 2015 Corey rated it it was ok
It was really out of order. The biography in Part Two could have gone before the story of his papacy in Part One. And the quotes in Part Three could have been left out entirely.
Mar 23, 2014 Cecilia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014, 5-star
This was good, even though I was mainly skimming to find stuff relevant to my paper. I'll have to come back and retread sometime.
Lil Jen
Jan 12, 2014 Lil Jen rated it really liked it
Interesting insight to the man we now know as Pope Francis. I found the history of St. Francis interesting as well. Enjoyable and offers lots of words of wisdom.
Catherine Casey
Well written book which really gave me more insight intoPope Francis and more of an appreciation of his Ministry.
Sheillagh Dare
Oct 17, 2013 Sheillagh Dare rated it it was amazing
Well researched book about Pope Francis and his faith. Includes excerpts from his homilies as priest, bishop and Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio. I really got a sense of his devotion to Christ, serving people and taking care of the poor.
Nov 09, 2013 Tara rated it liked it
I liked learning about the new pope. The book itself was ok but the info and little tidbits about the pope were good. I really didn't know anything about him before.
Jack Laschenski
Jul 04, 2013 Jack Laschenski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good journalist's record of the first 3 weeks of the Pope's office, with a little biography thrown in.
Mar 16, 2014 Pavel rated it it was amazing
Highly recommend for those, who wants to understand intentions of His Holiness!
Aug 30, 2013 Robert rated it it was amazing
Completely informative as well as entertaining, definitely must read
Matthew Lee
Aug 09, 2013 Matthew Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good insight to the background of Pope Francis. :)
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