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On the fourth anniversary of Pope Francis’s election, First Things published a review of the book by Gregorian Institute editorial director Tom Hoopes. William Doino Jr. writes:
“When Francis was elected pope four years ago, he made a memorable request as he introduced himself to the world: ‘Pray for Me.’
“Now that Francis is engulfed in controversies that once seemed unimaginable, given the serene days of his early papacy, prayers for Francis are more needed than ever. So too are fair and accurate presentations of his pontificate.
“An important new book has appeared that carefully evaluates Francis’s pontificate, and provides something the pope—for all his good deeds—often hasn’t: context and clarity.
“What Pope Francis Really Said by Tom Hoopes, writer in residence at Benedictine College, is one of the best books to appear on the subject—because it avoids caricaturing Francis, from either the left or the right, and strives to get to the heart of his papacy by studying the full context of his teachings. A second strength is that it rescues Francis from distortion without overlooking his flaws.”
Read the whole thing here.
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