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The Great Reformer : Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope - Dr. Austen Ivereigh

The Great Reformer

Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope

Hardcover Published: 1st December 2014
ISBN: 9781760113162
Number Of Pages: 464

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A biography of Pope Francis that will describe how this revolutionary thinker will use the power of his position to challenge and redirect one of the world's most formidable religions.

An expansive and deeply contextual work, at its heart The Great Reformer is about the intersection of faith and politics--the tension between the pope’s innovative vision for the Church and the obstacles he faces in an institution still strongly defined by its conservative past. Based on extensive interviews in Argentina and years of study of the Catholic Church, Ivereigh tells the story not only of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the remarkable man whose background and total commitment to the discernment of God’s will transformed him into Pope Francis--but the story of why the Catholic Church chose him as their leader.

With the Francis Revolution just beginning, this biography will provide never-before-explained context on how one man’s ambitious program began--and how it will likely end--through an investigation of Francis’s youth growing up in Buenos Aires and the dramatic events during the Perón era that shaped his beliefs; his ongoing conflicts and disillusionment with the ensuing doctrines of an authoritarian and militaristic government in the 1970s; how his Jesuit training in Argentina and Chile gave him a unique understanding and advocacy for a "Church of the Poor"; and his rise from Cardinal to the papacy.

About the Author

Dr. Austen Ivereigh is a Catholic journalist, writer and commentator, former adviser to Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor and a media commentator during last year’s papal transition. His doctoral thesis was on the Church and politics in Argentina.

A saint in the making!


I grew up under Jesuit influence. They were a great bunch of guys - clever, humble and practiced what they preached. Pope Francis, a Jesuit, was brought up in difficult times and in a difficult country by Australian standards. He was everything and more in his chosen vocation. That he survived 'political' challenges in Argentina both from within the Society of Jesus and externally from successive interfering governments demonstrates the measure of the man. As a believer, he has been clearly chosen to lead the Catholic church into the 21st century as a meaningful and caring institution of which to be proud. I could not put the book down.

Brisbane AU


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ISBN: 9781760113162
ISBN-10: 1760113166
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 1st December 2014
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3

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