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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Shriver, Mark K. Shriver Narrator: Jim Frangione Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2016 ISBN: 9781524722388
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A down-to-earth and deeply intimate portrait of Pope Francis and his faith, based on interviews with the men and women who knew him simply as Jorge Mario Bergoglio.

When Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis on March 13, 2013, Mark Shriver found himself fascinated with this humble, charismatic, and authentic leader. What led this Argentine to become a priest? What struggles had shaped him? And what could his past tell us about his plans for the future of the Catholic Church? Mark Shriver was brought up as a Catholic—both his father, Sargent Shriver, and his mother, Eunice Kennedy, were faithful Catholics—but he had long since grown disillusioned with the Church. Watching Pope Francis, though, Shriver was intrigued. Would this pope put the Catholic Church on a new path? What would that mean for Catholics around the world? Sparked by a renewed sense of faith (as well as personal curiosity), Shriver traveled to Buenos Aires, where Bergoglio was born, to meet with the men and women who remembered him as a child, as a young man and Jesuit priest, and later as a Bishop. Shriver visits the confessional where Bergoglio first felt called to religion and a faith-based life, hears about Bergoglio’s early job as a clerk at a hosiery factory, and learns about the female biochemist—who co-founded the Mothers of the Plaza del Mayo before she was tragically “disappeared”—whom he credits with shaping his work ethic and spirit of dedication. He also visits Bergoglio’s first, incredibly humble parish: a church that was a converted vegetable shed deep in the barrios—or slums—of Buenos Aires and speaks with the men and women who still remember Bergoglio with great fondness.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A beautifully written, deeply researched, and engagingly personal take on one of the most compelling figures of our time—of any time.”

    Austen Ivereigh, author of The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope

  • “Looks carefully at his Jesuit vocation and spirituality, considers the social and political forces against which he had to struggle as Archbishop of Buenos Aires, and convincingly shows how a humble man could be named a cardinal, and finally, elected pope.”

    James Martin, author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage

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About the Author

Mark K. Shriver is president of Save the Children Action Network in Washington, D.C. Shriver created the Choice Program and is a former Maryland state legislator. His New York Times and Washington Post bestselling memoir, A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver, was published in June 2012 and received a 2013 Christopher Award.

About the Narrator

Jim Frangione is an audiobook narrator who won AudioFile magazine’s 2011 Best Voice in Mystery and Suspense for his reading of Philip Carter’s The Altar of Bones and Spencer Quinn’s To Fetch a Thief. He has won six Earphones Awards and in 2009 was a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.