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With more than four decades of firsthand experience reporting from Vatican City, David Willey explores the religious and personal background of Pope Francis and his ability to fulfill the promises of reform made during the first two years of his papacy.

Sex crimes and cover-ups, financial scandal, declining membership, and the unprecedented resignation of its chief executive, Pope Benedict XVI. These were the ingredients of a twenty-first century crisis in the Vatican—a crisis that might have anticipated the election of a steadily conservative pope, a career bureaucrat, and an insider. An operator.

Instead they chose Francis.

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  • “Narrator James Langton is kept on his toes with the many priests, bishops, and cardinals who are quoted and described herein. His fluency with Latin, Italian, Spanish, and other quoted languages is extraordinary…In a voice filled with enthusiasm and charm, Langton expresses the author’s fervent hope that this pontiff will bring a breath of fresh air into a troubled church. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “Willey keeps the story moving as well as compelling, sharing vignettes from history to the present day. Although there are few direct answers to the issues he raises, this honest account will allow readers to become more informed on pressing issues facing the Catholic Church by understanding where Pope Francis has come from and anticipating where he will go in the future.”

    Library Journal

  • “An interesting page-turner for the armchair Vatican-watcher.”

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  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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About the Author
David Willey has reported for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) from Rome since 1971 under five Popes: Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis I. He is their longest serving foreign correspondent. He also broadcasts about the Vatican for NPR, CBC, ABC in Australia, Deutsche Welle Radio and TV in Berlin, and Swiss and Austrian Radio. His articles have appeared in The Tablet, The Observer (London), and the Sunday Telegraph. In 2004 he was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to broadcast journalism.
About the Narrator

James Langton is an actor and narrator who has performed many voice-overs and narrated numerous audiobooks, winning multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards. As a voice-over artist, he has worked with a host of industrial and commercial clients including Geico, Johnson&Johnson, and ask.com. He is also a professional musician who led the internationally renowned Pasadena Roof Orchestra from 1996 to 2002. He was born in York, England, and trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.