Books: March 2013 Archives

Have you been wondering what the Pope has published? Well, look no further. L'Osservatore Romano is publishing an article in tomorrow's edition on Francis' books. With Pope Francis leading the Church I think there will be a resurgence of Ignatian spirituality --as distinct from "Jesuit spirituality", inhabiting our Christian lives. I am sure these books will be published in various languages before long.

The first two books in Italian by Jorge Mario Bergoglio were presented on Tuesday, 26 March in the offices of Civiltà Cattolica. They are published by Editrice Missionaria Italiana (Emi): Umiltà, la strada verso Dio (Bologna, 2013,  64 pages, € 6.90, with an afterword by Enzo Bianchi) and Guarire dalla corruzione (Bologna 2013, 64 pages, € 6.90, with an afterword by Pietro Grasso) and are collections of  addresses that the Cardinal Archbishop of  Buenos Aires gave in 2005 to the faithful of the archdiocese.

Both books draw on the spirituality of St Ignatius of Loyola to describe  its deep inner workings and offer solutions to extremely pertinent phenomena such as corruption in both society and the Church, as well as the urgent need for an ecclesial life distinguished by brotherly holiness.

Bunson Francis.gifPapal biographies are beginning to show in the marketplace. The Italian Vatican watcher Andrea Tornielli has a contract with Ignatius Press to produce, Francis: Pope of a New World.

The latest and US-written book is Matthew E. Bunson's Pope Francis (Our Sunday Visitor, 2013).

Bunson sets for himself a task to think about the horizons of the new papacy. Still, there is a lot of unknowns with regard to Francis leading me to think this will be a pope of surprises.

Pre-order now. Pope Francis is expected to be available for shipping on April 4.
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Available for pre-order:
Francis: Pope of a New World by Andrea Tornielli

"Francis, rebuild my Church!" That is how St. Francis of Assisi heard the call of Christ. It is also how Jorge Mario Bergoglio, at the age of 76, and a Jesuit, seems to have accepted his election to the papacy with the choice of a name that no other pope has ever chosen.

Who is Pope Francis, elected in one of the shortest conclaves in history? Who is the man chosen to be the first pope from the Americas and the first Jesuit pope?

Was just at the Newman Bookstore in DC today. Sadly, it is closing on 31 May. 35% discount available now, more discounts in April. Sad another bookstore is closing its doors. Newman has been a true asset to the Catholic intellect community.

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Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]



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