Building a Church for the 21st Century
Pope Francis' Revolution of Tenderness and Love
In Pope Francis’ Revolution of Tenderness and Love, Cardinal Walter Kasper, who has been referred to as “the pope’s theologian,” considers the importance of Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis’ 2013 apostolic exhortation that tackles the problem of the Church and the modern world at its core. Cardinal Kasper explains the phenomenon of Francis, his approach to theology and his theological background, and elucidates the theological content of his pontificate and the new prospects that this pontificate opens up. Both positive and critical assessments are in danger of trivializing the pontificate: making the Pope a kind of star as opposed to looking at him as a theological lightweight.
DVD The Francis Effect
(This DVD set comes with study guide)
From the moment Pope Francis appeared on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, he won the hearts of the people. His humility, simplicity and closeness to the poor reveal a man deeply in touch with the Gospel. His profile has soared. He has initiated a fundamental reform of the Roman Curia, challenged a “globalization of indifference,” and become the most talked about person in the world.
The Francis Effect takes a critical and in-depth look at how an ancient institution is rapidly changing under the leadership and vision of Pope Francis, and exclusive interviews with prominent Catholics and non-Catholics reveal that Francis is having a profound effect on the world as well.
From his first appearance on a Vatican balcony Pope Francis proved himself a Pope of Surprises. With a series of potent gestures, history's first Jesuit pope declared a mission to restore authenticity and integrity to a Catholic Church bedeviled by sex abuse and secrecy, intrigue and in-fighting, ambition and arrogance. He declared it should be 'a poor Church, for the poor'.
But there is a hidden past to this modest man with the winning smile. Jorge Mario Bergoglio was previously a bitterly divisive figure. His decade as leader of Argentina's Jesuits left the religious order deeply split. And his behavior during Argentina's Dirty War, when military death squads snatched innocent people from the streets, raised serious questions – on which this book casts new light.
Yet something dramatic then happened to Jorge Mario Bergoglio. He underwent an extraordinary transformation. After a time of exile he re-emerged having turned from a conservative authoritarian into a humble friend of the poor – and became Bishop of the Slums, making enemies among Argentina's political classes in the process.ForPope Francis – Untying the Knots, Paul Vallely travelled to Argentina and Rome to meet Bergoglio's intimates over the last four decades. His book charts a remarkable journey. It reveals what changed the man who was to become Pope Francis – from a reactionary into the revolutionary who is unnerving Rome's clerical careerists with the extent of his behind-the-scenes changes. In this perceptive portrait Paul Vallely offers both new evidence and penetrating insights into the kind of pope Francis could become.
Let his words inspire and challenge you, push you deeper into Scripture, raise your prayer to new height, or simply fill you with gratitude for God’s personal love for you. Start or finish every day encouraged by the same engaging spirit alive in these 365 short meditations written by Pope Francis.
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The Joy of the Gospel is a passionate call for every Christian to "be constantly ready to bring the love of Jesus to others." In this apostolic exhortation, Pope Francis responds to the suggestions of the 2012 Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization by outlining a roadmap for the Church's pastoral mission and work in the world.
He envisions a Church of "Spirit-filled evangelizers" who exude joy and care for God's people, especially the poor. Instead of retreating into our own security, he says, we must not be afraid to have our "shoes get soiled by the mud of the street." Pope Francis warns against spiritual worldliness, disunity, and a spirit of pessimism or defeatism.
The first detailed biography of Pope Francis, with rare, previously unreleased Archival footage.
Within days of his election in March 2013, Pope Francis had made it clear that his would be a very different Papacy, eschewing the traditional luxuries and privileges of the Holy See; he declared that his mandate as Pope would be to serve the poor and the disenfranchised. Who is this man committed to changing the Catholic Church in the 21st Century? Where did he come from? What was his record as the Cardinal of Buenos Aires? How will this humble, austere man change the Vatican, one of the wealthiest states on Earth? Chapters: Habemus Papam; A Pope for Everyone; His Life; Humility and Poverty; The Culture of Dialogue; The Mission.
This outstanding new documentary film just produced in Europe gives an excellent overview into the life, thought and work of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, formerly Archbishop of Buenos Aires and now Pope Francis. It contains previously unreleased recordings and endearing images of Cardinal Bergoglio. His words and actions convey the unique charisma of this surprise Argentine Pope whose humility, kindness and courage are winning countless admirers to a renewed interest in the Papacy. The film includes comments on the new Pope by the Provincial of the Society of Jesus in Argentina and Spain, and from a Spanish bishop on the spiritual exercises preached by Cardinal Bergoglio to the Bishops. The film also shows many inspiring images of the papal conclave, and the most emotional details of the first appearances of Pope Francis, sprinkled with humor and warm emotion. Includes a bonus extra film of an interview done with Cardinal Bergoglio only a few months before his election as Pope.
On March 13, 2013 the world was introduced to Pope Francis. He was the first Pope from the Americas, the first Jesuit, and the first to take the name Francis. Within days he had captured the hearts of the world through his gestures of humility and care for the common man. Yet he remained largely unknown.
Francis: the Pope from the New World unveils the personality, passion and extraordinary faith of the new Pope. Shot on location in Buenos Aires, and featuring interviews with close friends, collaborators, and his official biographer - this documentary film traces the remarkable rise of Jorge Mario Bergoglio.
From growing up surrounded by soccer games and tango music to his defense of the poor and marginalized of Buenos Aires during his time as Archbishop, this film explores the abiding compassion and unwavering resolve of a priest, a bishop and now a Pope seeking to bring the Church to the frontiers of society. From overcoming the challenges of the day-including Argentina's Dirty War to his tireless advocacy for the poor and marginalized, Francis: the Pope from the New World paints an indelible portrait of a towering figure of our time.