Francis, Pope of Good Promise
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From the moment Pope Francis stepped on to the balcony of St Peter's, people around the globe sensed that not only the Catholic Church, but the world at large, could be entering a new spiritual, political and social age. The pomp and circumstance that had characterised the Vatican for as long as most people could remember evaporated as Francis asked the throng gathered in the square to "pray over" him before he gave his first blessing. Not since John XXIII, had a new Pope opened the windows of the Church so widely to let in some much needed fresh air.
This biography of Pope Francis charts Jorge Mario Bergoglio's formation as a priest and bishop against the dramatic backdrop of Argentina's turbulent politics and the challenging principles he adopted as a member of the Jesuit order. It examines critically the extent to which his social conscience was influenced by the legacy of the country's controversial president General Peron and his wife Evita, and questions his moral standing during the Argentina military junta's ‘Dirty War' when he was accused of not having done enough on behalf of the victims, including fellow Jesuit priests. Few Vatican elections have generated as much interest as that of Cardinal Jose Bergoglio. Francis, Pope of Good Promise, the first detailed biography to include an analysis of Pope Francis's first year at the Vatican, will appear just as he makes his first visit to the US.
evaluated. To stop the unjust aggressor is licit.’ In other words, while military action against fundamentalists threatening Christian communities might be lawful, it was not necessarily desirable morally. Notably the emphasis of his statement was on the word ‘stop’ – which, as he clarified, need not be achieved by bombs or wars. Evidently Pope Francis was not convinced that his papacy needed to, nor should, position itself as the leader of the twenty-first-century crusade. According to Joseph
her age (eighty-eight). A rescheduled day trip to Italy, at the invitation of the anglophile Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, afforded an opportunity for a short courtesy visit to the Vatican that was happily seized on by Buckingham Palace (advised by the Foreign Office and Britain’s intelligent ambassador to the Holy See, Nigel Baker, an experienced career diplomat who had done a stint in London as an adviser to the royals). The Vatican for its part gave the nod within days of the papal
where he spent three months in the Magdalen Hospital, a local poorhouse. When once his brother Martín reproached him for living like a beggar, Ignatius answered that he had not come back to Spain to live in a palace. Days later Ignatius persuaded the local authorities to have the bells of the parish church and of the rural sanctuaries rung at morning, noon and evening so that people might be reminded to pray for mortal sinners. Those who had sinned included local priests who were living with
developing his business interests in Italy. In Rome, one of Gelli’s key friends was the lawyer Umberto Ortolani whose banking interests extended from Milan to Montevideo, where he served under the title of honorary ambassador to Uruguay of the order of the Knights of Malta, a network of influential and rich Catholic laymen dedicated to financing the protection of worldwide Catholicism since the days of the Crusades. Ortolani became Gelli’s most trusted lieutenant in P2, a key into the murky
far-away Patagonian town of Río Gallegos, in the province of Santa Cruz. ‘I am going to be governor of Santa Cruz one day,’ Kirchner told Fernández. She followed him. Fernández was elected a deputy in the Santa Cruz provincial legislature after Kirchner became governor of the province of Santa Cruz in 1991. Four years later, when her husband was re-elected to office, Fernández became a representative of Santa Cruz in the national Senate where she gained a reputation as a hard-working conviction