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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
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 30th 2013 by Image (first published January 1st 2013)
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Donna
Jun 15, 2015 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 09, 2015 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!
Carla
May 02, 2013 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
Jennifer
Apr 05, 2013 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
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Anna Rose
Jan 11, 2014 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.
Jerilyn
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Want to own.
Orville Jenkins
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was impressed with the personal insights this journalist included in this portrait biography of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the Argentine Bishop who became the current Pope Francis. He covered Bergoglio, traveling with him and studying his life in depth.

Moynihan has reconstructed a sympathetic portrait here that provides an unusual look into the personal faith and devotional concepts and commitments of Pope Francis. He probes motivations from Bergoglio's early, consistent devotional and moral persp
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Joseph J.
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: student of the Church
I picked this up Good Friday at Dollar Tree! Weekend spiritual reading. Though five years old and MUCH has since happened, this is still a superb day by day account of Pope Francis' first papal days in the Vatican-a place when offered an earlier position he begged off as he could never be happy there! We see glimpses of the 2005 conclave when he emerged briefly as an alternative to Joseph Ratzinger and the 2013 conclave which elected Ratzinger's-Benedict XVI-successor. The book's first section i ...more
Paul
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It was stirring to read the accounts of the early days of the papacy of Pope Francis, especially the day of his election. I felt like I had been transported back to March 13, 2013, when I was in front of the TV for nearly 2 hours watching the proceedings.
Mary
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Do not like this pope. Does not mean this book was not great. Because it was well written.

But this pope- absolutely SUCKSSS
Kingbird
This is an incredible man, only if everyone would have his strength and belief and his dedication to helping the poor. (and I am not even catholic).
Robert Federline
Jul 29, 2013 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
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Junghoo
Oct 12, 2015 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
Yaaresse
This is a quick read covering the basic bio and first few weeks of Pope Francis. It's definitely not impartial, but neither does it pretend to be. Catholics (at least those who like the new pope) will probably love it since it manages to be positive without gushing. As a non-Catholic who was simply curious about this Pope who seems to enjoy shaking up the staid and gilded traditions of the Vatican with his blunt speech and decidedly un-flashy ways, it served as a reasonable introduction to both ...more
Alisa
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
J.T. Therrien
Jun 05, 2015 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
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Wendy
Apr 06, 2013 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
Sheillagh
Oct 08, 2013 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.
Catherine Casey
Well written book which really gave me more insight intoPope Francis and more of an appreciation of his Ministry.
Pavel
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommend for those, who wants to understand intentions of His Holiness!
Tara
Nov 09, 2013 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.
Lil Jen
Jan 12, 2014 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.
Robert
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Completely informative as well as entertaining, definitely must read
Jack Laschenski
Jul 04, 2013 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.
Corey
Apr 04, 2015 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.
Cecilia
Mar 12, 2014 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.
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“To pray,” he continued, “is so beautiful. It means looking to heaven and to our heart. We know that we have a good Father who is God.”
Looking to heaven and to our heart. This brief definition of the meaning of prayer sums up the mind of the new pope, which moves from the most sublime things—heaven, the eternal, the absolute, the true, the good, the beautiful—to the most simple, down-to-earth things—the things in the human heart. The first is the realm that transcends all that we do, the realm that is not yet here but that we long for, hope for. The second is the realm of our most intimate privacy, the core of our being, the source of our identity, and of our hopes. And for Pope Francis, prayer connects these two realms. The furthest out, and the furthest in. And to pray, to bring about this “communion” between what is furthest out and furthest in, is radiant, he tells us.
It is an aesthetic judgment. To pray, he is telling us, before it is good, or true, or effective, or powerful, is “beautiful.” And he says this because he knows the human heart, the human soul, is made to be drawn toward the beautiful, as a sunflower turns toward the sun, following it from dawn until dusk.”
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