A Pope Francis Lexicon

A Pope Francis Lexicon

Edited by Cindy Wooden and Joshua J. McElwee
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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 forewordPatriarch Bartholomew
Volume prefaceCardinal Seán O'Malley, OFM Cap
BaptismCardinal Donald Wuerl
Benedict XVIDavid Gibson
CapitalismBishop Robert McElroy
CareerismCardinal Joseph Tobin, C.Ss.R.
ChurchElizabeth Bruenig
Clerical abuseFrancis Sullivan
ClericalismArchbishop Paul-André Durocher
CollegialityArchbishop Mark Coleridge
ConscienceAusten Ivereigh
CreationOrthodox Fr. John Chryssavgis
CuriaMassimo Faggioli
DialogueArchbishop Roberto González Nieves, OFM
DignityTina Beattie
DiscernmentFr. James Martin, SJ
Devil/SatanGreg Hillis
EcumenismNontando Hadebe
EmbraceSimcha Fisher
Encounter/EncuentroArchbishop Victor Fernández
Episcopal AccountabilityKatie Grimes
FamilyJulie Hanlon Rubio
Field HospitalCardinal Blase Cupich
FleshMsgr. Dario Viganò
GossipKaya Oakes
GrandparentsBill Dodds
Hacer lioFr. Manuel Dorantes
HopeNatalia Imperatori-Lee
ImmigrantSr. Norma Seni Pimentel, MJ
IndifferenceSr. Carmen Sammut, MSOLA
JesusFr. Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator, SJ
JoyFr. Timothy Radcliffe, OP
JudgmentMichael O'Loughlin
JusticeSr. Simone Campbell, SSS
LeadershipKerry Robinson
LegalismSr. Teresa Forcades i Vila, OSB
MartyrdomBishop Borys Gudziak
MercyArchbishop Donald Bolen
MiraclesJohn Thavis
MoneyAndrea Tornielli
PeripheryCarolyn Woo
PrayerBishop Daniel Flores
ReformCardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, SDB
RefugeeSr. Rhonda Miska
Second Vatican CouncilArchbishop Diarmuid Martin
ServicePhyllis Zagano
SheepArchbishop Justin Welby
SourpussFr. James Corkery, SJ
St. FrancisFr. Michael Perry, OFM
TearsCardinal Luis Antonio Tagle
Throwaway cultureSr. Pat Farrell, OSF
WorldlinessMollie Wilson O'Reilly
WomenAstrid Lobo Gajiwala
YouthJordan 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.

This book transcends mere words.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

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

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 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?

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

Product number: E4545
ISBN: 978-0-8146-4545-1
Pages: 216
Publication Date: 02/15/2018