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How The Saint And The Pope Are Renewing The Church
by Charles M Murphy
There is no doubting Charles Murphy's approval of Pope Francis I, whose words "How I would like a church which is poor and for the poor!" seem to the author to be "the best possible concise description of a pontificate".
This Pope is guided—”front and centre”—by the example of St. Francis of Assisi. He chose the name Francis because the thirteenth century Saint was "a man of poverty, a man of peace, a man who loves and protects creation".
The book is full of stories of St. Francis and present day applications, not least Chapter 10, giving eleven modern ‘Fioretti', incidents or places that depict various aspects of Franciscan spirituality alive today.
Pope Benedict XVI, too, is praised for focusing in his 2011 Christmas homily on St. Francis, who "loved the child Jesus because for him it was in this childish estate that God's humility shone forth. God became poor."
Charles Murphy describes his reason for writing this eminently readable and stirring book as being to help readers to "explore the life of St. Francis and see its real connection with their own lives." The Roman Catholic Church is in good hands with this man as Pope.
Reviewer: Barry Vendy