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A Pope Francis Lexicon

Edited by Cindy Wooden and Joshua J. McElwee

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ISBN: 978-0-8146-4545-1, E4545
Details: 218 pgs
Publication Date: 12/27/2017

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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 W. Tobin, CSsR
ChurchElizabeth Stoker Bruenig
Clerical abuseFrancis Sullivan
ClericalismArchbishop Paul-André Durocher
CollegialityArchbishop Mark Coleridge
ConscienceAusten Ivereigh
CreationOrthodox Fr. John Chryssavgis
CuriaMassimo Faggioli
DialogueArchbishop Roberto O. González Nieves, OFM
DignityTina Beattie
DiscernmentFr. James Martin, SJ
EcumenismNontando Hadebe
EmbraceSimcha Fisher
EncounterArchbishop Victor Manuel Fernández
Episcopal AccountabilityKatie Grimes
FamilyJulie Hanlon Rubio
Field HospitalCardinal Blase Cupich
FleshMsgr. Dario E. Viganò
GossipKaya Oakes
GrandparentsBill Dodds
Hagan LioFr. Manuel Dorantes
HopeNatalia Imperatori-Lee
ImmigrantSr. Norma Seni Pimentel, MJ
IndifferenceSr. Carmen Sammut, MSOLA
JesusFr. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, SJ
JoyFr. Timothy Radcliffe, OP
JudgmentMichael J. O'Loughlin
JusticeSr. Simone Campbell, SSS
LeadershipKerry Alys Robinson
LegalismSr. Teresa Forcades i Vila, OSB
MartyrdomBishop Borys Gudziak
MercyArchbishop Donald Bolen
MiraclesJohn Thavis
MoneyAndrea Tornielli
PeripheryCarolyn Y. Woo
PrayerBishop Daniel E. Flores
ReformCardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, SDB
RefugeeSr. Rhonda Miska
Saint FrancisFr. Michael Perry, OFM
SatanGreg Hillis
Second Vatican CouncilArchbishop Diarmuid Martin
ServicePhyllis Zagano
SheepArchbishop Justin Welby
SourpussFr. James Corkery, SJ
TearsCardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle
Throwaway cultureSr. Pat Farrell, OSF
WomenAstrid Lobo Gajiwala
WorldlinessMollie Wilson O'Reilly
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.

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

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?

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

This book transcends mere words.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

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

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

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

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

This new book is a must read in 2018! A real gem and key lexicon for understanding Pope Francis!
Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, CEO, Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation

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.
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