The Church of Mercy
"A magnificent book, bursting with profound spiritual insights, from a man who has quickly become of the greatest spiritual teachers of our time." --James Martin, SJ, author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage
In the year since he was elected, Pope Francis’s simple message of mercy, service, and renewal has spread to every corner of the world. Through his gentle demeanor, selfless actions, and welcoming call for service to others, Pope Francis has captured the attention of a world longing for an authentic message of hope—we want to hear what he has to say.
Collected from Pope Francis’s speeches, homilies, and papers presented during the first year of his papacy, The Church of Mercy is the first Vatican-authorized book detailing his vision for the Catholic Church. From how to be citizens of the world to answering God’s call for evangelization, Pope Francis's deep wisdom reminds us that the Church must move beyond its own walls and joyfully bring God's mercy wherever suffering, division, or injustice exists.
Named TIME Magazine’s 2013 “Person of the Year,” Pope Francis is helping the Church continue toward an authentic Christianity that is faithful to the Gospel and resonant with the world’s greatest needs. The Church of Mercy encourages each of us to ignite the flame within to help share the light of Christ and revitalize the Church.
Former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio recently celebrated his one-year anniversary as Pope Francis. This collection of homilies and public addresses serves as a mission statement for this papacy. Francis preaches the gospel of mercy and invites anyone who will hear him to have a personal relationship with Jesus. He writes about Jesus as a close friend, an intimate companion. Another major theme in Francis theology is equating the Catholic Church with the Church of the Poor. This pope is a son of liberation theology, and he believes wholeheartedly that the poor of the world have much to teach Catholicism. He is quick to declare that there is one Catholic Church for all, not multiple churches for multiple constituencies. All are sinners, all require salvation, and all have a place in an open and inviting church. Francis implores the faithful to view one another as brothers and sisters, and to reach out in mercy to one another to alleviate pain, suffering, loneliness, and dread. This collection offers fascinating insight into the mind and heart of someone who has rapidly become one of the world s most beloved public figures.