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For the past two years Pope Francis has enchanted and bewildered the world in equal measure with his compassion and his contradictions. Expanding greatly on his acclaimed earlier book Pope Francis: Untying the Knots, Paul Vallely reexamines the complex past of Jorge Mario Bertoglio and adds nine new chapters, revealing many untold, behind-the-scenes stories from his first years in office that explain this Pope of paradoxes.

Vallely lays bare the intrigue and in-fighting surrounding Francis's attempt to cleanse the scandal-ridden Vatican Bank. He unveils the ambition and arrogance of top bureaucrats resisting the Pope's reform of the Roman Curia, as well as the hidden opposition at the highest levels that is preventing the Church from tackling the sex abuse crisis. He explains the ambivalence of Pope Francis towards the role of women in the Church, which has frustrated American Catholic women in particular. And Vallely charts the battle lines that are being drawn between Francis and conservatives and traditionalists talking of schism in this struggle for the soul of the Catholic Church. Consistently Francis has show a willingness to discuss issues previously considered taboo, such as the ban on those who divorce and remarry receiving Communion, his liberal instincts outraging traditionalists in the Vatican and especially in the Church hierarchy in the United States. At the same time, many of his statements have reassured conservative elements that he is not, in fact, as radical as he might appear.

Behind the icon of simplicity that Pope Francis projects is a steely and sophisticated politician who has learned from the many mistakes of his past. The Pope with the winning smile was previously a bitterly divisive figure. In his decade as leader of Argentina's Jesuits left that religious order deeply split. His behavior during Argentina's Dirty War, when military death squads snatched innocent people from the streets, raised serious questions. Yet after a period of exile and what he has revealed as 'a time of great interior crisis' he underwent an extraordinary transformation - on which Vallely sheds new and fascinating light. The man who had been a strict conservative authoritarian was radically converted into a listening participative leader who became Bishop of the Slums, making enemies among Argentina's political classes in the process.

Charting Francis's remarkable journey to the Vatican and his first years at work there, Paul Vallely has produced a deeply nuanced and insightful portrait of perhaps the most influential person in the world today. 'Pope Francis,' he writes, 'has not just demonstrated a different way of being a pope. He has shown the world a different way of being a Catholic.'


An exhaustive look at the newest pope. In a revised and expanded edition of Pope Francis: Untying the Knots (2013), Paul Vallely delves deeper into the first two years of the Francis papacy, providing a meaty and useful guide to understanding the pontiff. In the early chapters, the author discusses Francis's life in Argentina, including his highly controversial years as head of the Jesuit order in the region. The author also examines the pope's stances on women, homosexuals, divorced people, and other faiths. Discovering a pope with a controversial past and a revolutionary style of leadership in the present, Vallely provides a highly worthwhile resource for Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Kirkus Reviews Updated from a fast-tracked 2013 instant bio, this first-rate remix on the life of Pope Francis includes nine new and substantive chapters ... Vallely provides a superb guide into one of the most pivotal personalities of the 21st century. Publisher's Weekly US The stand-out biography of Jorge Mario Bergoglio. The Tablet


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5つ星のうち 5.0 Excellent Study: Facts, Not Hagiography, But Still Inspiring 2015/10/8
投稿者 Anne Mills - (
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This biography of Pope Francis explores his stunning worldwide impact, but it also a portrait "warts and all", making it far more interesting than a simpler story would be. Before reading a biography (particularly a popular biography) one should ask who wrote it. The answer here is reassuring. The author, an internationally respected British journalist, has decades of experience covering many issues including religion. This is is his second book on the Pope. The first, "Pope Francis: Untying the Knots" came out in 2013, less than six months after the Pope's election. The first eight chapters of this book update the earlier work (those who have read it, please take note) : the last nine chapters are new material.

Vallely begins with the Argentine background of the Pope (then Jorge Bergoglio), through his entry into the Jesuit order, and then to Bergoglio's rapid rise and chequered career in the Jesuit order in Argentina. Two major issues arise in regard to that. First, and most widely discussed, Bergoglio was suspected of being involved in the kidnapping of two Jesuits by Argentina's dictatorial government in the 1970's. Vallely argues convincingly that the accusation was not justified, but does suggest that Bergoglio's relationship with the dictatorship caused him great anguish. Second, Bergoglio became a divisive figure in the Jesuit order in Argentina, because of his lack of enthusiasm for the stress on social justice that had become a central thrust of the order. In consequence, he was removed from his office in the order, and did not return to the forefront of religious life until he became Bishop of Buenos Aires in 1992. These two crises, Vallely argues, led to a period of spiritual struggle for Bergoglio, out of which he emerged a changed man. He has always been noted for humility in external matters, but Vallely believes that he became far less authoritarian and far more socially-oriented. Very few people really learn from their mistakes: the Pope seems to be one who has.

The second part of the book looks at what Francis has accomplished -- and failed to accomplish -- since assuming the Papacy. Here, Vallely shows that the record is mixed. When he came to office, the Church faced two great scandals. Francis has had great success in cleaning up the first of these -- the Vatican's finances and financial institutions, a morass that other Popes have been unable to drain. He has accomplished much less in dealing with the issue of sexual abuse of children by priests and other religious. That, and the Pope's less than convincing efforts to reach out to women as a group, are treated by Vallely as major failure.

More broadly, Francis' clear intent is to create Church that is more open, more approachable, and more focussed on the poor than the one he inherited. Here, it is too soon to say whether he has succeeded or failed, but the effort is inspiring. He is trying to reform the Curia, the Vatican bureaucracy that has become a bastion of self-interest. He is trying to reflect the fact that most Catholics are no longer European in the leadership of the Church. He is trying to focus the Church more on mercy, outreach, and help for the poor, and less on doctrine. This does not, as many liberals would like to think, mean that the Pope is about to change Church teachings on key social issues, but it does mean that he wants to see them approached in a different way -- as occasions of mercy, rather than condemnation.

Overall, the Pope is presented as a remarkable person -- not a simple person, but one who has learned from his mistakes, and who is using his extraordinary political gifts to serve a program that is aimed at making Catholicism more embracing, more vibrant, and more focussed on making life better for the poor. Though I am not a Catholic (I am not even religious) I found this to be an inspiring book: it made my admiration for the Pope seem much more firmly based.
5つ星のうち 5.0 Pope Francis: An Exceptional Portrait 2015/11/24
投稿者 Beverly Lawn - (
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A superb stuyt of this influential contemporary figure, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church. Serially biographical in part, analytical always, contextually and historically knowledgeable, this book constructs a vivid human portrait of the current Pope as he shapes and enacts the changes he deems necessary in the Church, particularly the Vatican. It is carefully researched and written unusually well, a joy to read.
5つ星のうち 5.0 A must read esp. to envision Jorge's personal journey ... 2017/2/24
投稿者 John J. Healy III - (
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A must read esp. to envision Jorge's personal journey, a transformation change when directed to take a '"two year retreat". He became a changed person as a priest, a real conversion in understanding the message of Jesus. I hope all our Bishops and priest read this book!!!!!
5つ星のうち 5.0 thick book, totally worth reading 2016/8/28
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awesome awesome book about Pope Francis, gives a ton of insight into where he came from, why he does what he does, and how he lives. can't recommend enough
5つ星のうち 4.0 although Pope Francis seems pretty enlightened to me 2015/11/7
投稿者 Ellen Davidson - (
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Interesting. Well written in a detailed, kind of dense, style. Chilling about the Catholic Church cooperation with the military dictatorship in Argentina, although Pope Francis seems pretty enlightened to me.
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