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A Pope Francis Lexicon

Edited by Cindy Wooden and Joshua J. McElwee

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A Pope Francis Lexicon

ISBN: 9780814645215, 4521

Details: 224 pgs, 6 x 9 x 5/8
Publication Date: 01/25/2018
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A Pope Francis Lexicon is a collection of over fifty essays by an impressive set of insightful contributors from around the globe, each writing on a specific word that has become important in the ministry of Pope Francis. Writers such as Sr. Simone Campbell, Cardinal Blase Cupich, Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, Fr. James Martin, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby, and Carolyn Woo explore the Pope's use of words like joy, clericalism, money, family, and tears. Together, they reveal what Francis's use of these words says about him, his ministry and priorities, and their significance to the church, the world, and the lives of individual Christians. The entire collection is introduced by a foreword by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the spiritual leader of Orthodox Christians worldwide, and a preface by one of Francis's closest advisors, Cardinal Seán O'Malley.

This is no set of encyclopedia entries. It's a reflective, inspiring, and often heartfelt book that offers engaging answers to the question "What is this surprising Pope up to?"

Themes and Contributors:

Volume foreword Patriarch Bartholomew
Volume preface Cardinal Seán O'Malley, OFM Cap
Baptism Cardinal Donald Wuerl
Benedict XVI David Gibson
Capitalism Bishop Robert McElroy
Careerism Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, CSsR
Church Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig
Clerical abuse Francis Sullivan
Clericalism Archbishop Paul-André Durocher
Collegiality Archbishop Mark Coleridge
Conscience Austen Ivereigh
Creation Orthodox Fr. John Chryssavgis
Curia Massimo Faggioli
Dialogue Archbishop Roberto O. González Nieves, OFM
Dignity Tina Beattie
Discernment Fr. James Martin, SJ
Ecumenism Nontando Hadebe
Embrace Simcha Fisher
Encounter Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernández
Episcopal Accountability Katie Grimes
Family Julie Hanlon Rubio
Field Hospital Cardinal Blase Cupich
Flesh Msgr. Dario E. Viganò
Gossip Kaya Oakes
Grandparents Bill Dodds
Hagan Lio Fr. Manuel Dorantes
Hope Natalia Imperatori-Lee
Immigrant Sr. Norma Seni Pimentel, MJ
Indifference Sr. Carmen Sammut, MSOLA
Jesus Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, SJ
Joy Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, OP
Judgment Michael J. O'Loughlin
Justice Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS
Leadership Kerry Alys Robinson
Legalism Sr. Teresa Forcades i Vila, OSB
Martyrdom Bishop Borys Gudziak
Mercy Archbishop Donald Bolen
Miracles John Thavis
Money Andrea Tornielli
Periphery Carolyn Y. Woo
Prayer Bishop Daniel E. Flores
Reform Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, SDB
Refugee Sr. Rhonda Miska
Saint Francis Fr. Michael Perry, OFM
Satan Greg Hillis
Second Vatican Council Archbishop Diarmuid Martin
Service Phyllis Zagano
Sheep Archbishop Justin Welby
Sourpuss Fr. James Corkery, SJ
Tears Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle
Throwaway culture Sr. Pat Farrell, OSF
Women Astrid Lobo Gajiwala
Worldliness Mollie Wilson O'Reilly
Youth Jordan Denari Duffner

Cindy Wooden is chief of the Rome bureau of Catholic News Service. She has been reporting on the Vatican and the Catholic Church since 1989. She has traveled around the world with John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and now Pope Francis. As a result of this work, she is respected as an authority on the life and workings of the church. She is the author of Luis Antonio Tagle: Leading by Listening.

Joshua J. McElwee is National Catholic Reporter's Vatican correspondent and a contributor to the Italian news website Vatican Insider. He has reported on Pope Francis from 23 countries and his work has earned numerous awards from the Catholic Press Association. He is the author of Ten Things Pope Francis Wants You to Know About the Family.


ISBN: 9780814645215, 4521

Details: 224 pgs, 6 x 9 x 5/8
Publication Date: 01/25/2018


This accessible, inspiring, and often entertaining collection is an invaluable resource for anyone seeking to understand the fullness and richness of Pope Francis' thought. I finished it inspired to get out into the field hospital and embrace our world with hope.
US Catholic

If someone really wants to understand Pope Francis, they have to read this book. You cannot write, you cannot understand the attitude of the Vatican, you cannot understand Pope Francis if you have not read this book. These words, these ideas of Pope Francis that are explained in this book are the background philosophy of all that Pope Francis is doing.
Cardinal Kevin Farrell

There's an amazingly interesting book on the store shelves now. It's all about Pope Francis and the words he uses in his writings, in his talks, and in his everyday conversations with priests, heads of state and the ordinary folks he comes in contact with each day. If you have every found yourself uncertain about what Pope Francis was saying and wanted to better understand him and the direction in which is leading our Church, the help you're seeking can be found in the pages of this book. How fitting that it is being published just as we celebrate the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis' election.
Father Charles Fuld, The Southern Cross, Diocese of San Diego

"What I found most delightful about A Pope Francis Lexicon is that from these individual essays I learned not only about Francis' characteristic use of language but the essayist's own "take" on what the Pope has to say. I strongly recommend the work, not only for those who already admire Pope Francis' thought and action but perhaps especially for those who are being invited to conversion of heart and mind."
J. Michael Joncas, Pastoral Music

This book transcends mere words.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

"A Pope Francis Lexicon is a compact yet comprehensive anthology of the themes that have come to define the Francis papacy. The diverse array of contributors make A Pope Francis Lexicon essential reading for anyone wishing to better understand the program of this "pope of many firsts.""
Gretchen R. Crowe, editor of Our Sunday Visitor and author of Why the Rosary, Why Now?

This brilliant collection fizzes with the tension and tumult of this most provocative and enigmatic of papacies. Francis-the top-down decentralizer, the champion of the peripheries who draws the world's attention to the personality at the center, the blunt speaker who leaves exasperated critics demanding tidiness and clarity-has triggered a creative commotion. No one writer has ever quite captured it; McElwee and Wooden's kaleidoscope comes close.
Brendan Walsh, editor of London-based weekly Catholic journal The Tablet

What an interesting idea: ask a wide range of writers and thinkers to reflect on Pope Francis's words. The result: this collection of intelligent and accessible essays. This is a book to keep on the bedside table and delve into over and over again.
Cokie Roberts, author and political commentator for NPR and ABC

"Joshua J. McElwee and Cindy Wooden have brought together an outstanding collection of writings on Pope Francis' leadership from major figures in the Church and wider Catholic life. A Pope Francis Lexicon is a valuable guide to the words and ideas that form the foundation of Francis' papacy. It rightly belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in the direction of the Catholic Church today."
E.J. Dionne Jr., co-author of One Nation After Trump and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution

"A Pope Francis Lexicon is a helpful addition to the ever-expanding literature on Pope Francis. This collection will no doubt be greeted with gratitude by those desiring personal growth through reflection on the Pope's words and actions, especially his determination to build bridges, foster receptive dialogue and multiply opportunities for encounter."
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State