Since his election, Pope Francis has captured the attention of media and the people. Transfixed by his charisma and the many firsts of his papacy – first pope from the Americas, first Jesuit Pope, and first to be named Francis – they are now eager to know the substance of the man. In 10 Things Pope Francis Wants You to Know, John L. Allen, Jr., veteran Vatican news analyst, author, and National Catholic Reporter Senior Correspondent, writes with intimacy and clarity, from the perspective of his decades of experience covering the papacy.
Discover the qualities that have defined Pope Francis from his days as a Cardinal and the early days of his papacy. Using the most recent, as well as archived, interviews with Pope Francis and those who know him, Allen describes his vision of leadership and evangelism and his desire for the Church to be close to the people, especially the poor. Allen describes several more teachings and insights from Pope Francis, such as: Never give up on God’s mercy, always remain optimistic, create unity, and even keep a sense of humor. After reading 10 Things, you will know your new Pope and feel your faith renewed.
John L. Allen, Jr., is the senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and senior Vatican analyst for CNN. He's also the author of The Rise of Benedict XVI (Doubleday, 2005), The Future Church: How Ten Trends are Revolutionizing the Catholic Church (Doubleday, 2009), and 10 Things Pope Benedict Wants You To Know (Liguori Publications, 2007).