PRAY FOR ME: The Life and Spiritual Vision of Pope Francis, First Pope From the Americas
On Sale April 30, 2013
On March 13, 2013, in Rome, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, was elected pope. Chosen by the cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church to be the 266thsuccessor of the apostle Peter, he is 76 years old, the first Latin American pope and the first pope from the Jesuit order.
Now that the white smoke has cleared and the jubilation in St. Peter’s Square has settled, Catholics, Christians, and people everywhere are asking, who is Jorge Mario Bergoglio and what will his pontificate mean for the Catholic Church.
In PRAY FOR ME: The Life and Spiritual Vision of Pope Francis, First Pope From the Americas (Image Books, April 30, 2013) Dr. Robert Moynihan, founder and editor of Inside the Vatican magazine, will offer an introduction to the life and work of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis.
“This is an exciting time not only for the Church but for the world,” said Gary Jansen, editor of Image Books, the Catholic interest imprint of Random House, Inc. “The election of the world’s first Latin American pope, a man of Italian heritage, means a bridging of the Northern and Southern hemispheres in a way we’ve never seen and signifies a new global vision for the 1.2 billion people who call themselves Catholic.”
Moynihan’s book will give readers an insight into the spiritual vision of the new pontiff with a look at his most inspirational teachings on God, Jesus, marriage and family, life, prayer, religious freedom, and more.
“Many people say it takes the Catholic Church a long time to make decisions, but that hasn’t been the case lately,” said Jansen. “Not only did the cardinals elect a new pope in two days, but the decision to elect a pope from Latin America instantly puts the 400+ million Spanish speaking Catholics around the world in the spotlight. This is an exciting time and we’re all curious to see what happens next.”