A guide to the heart of Pope Francis … what makes him tick?

VATICAN CITY — If you are looking to unwrap the mystery of Pope Francis, Msgr. Paul Tighe of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications says there is a new book just out that helps people “get to know this man a little better, and perhaps more importantly for him, to let us know from where he draws his strength, where is the heart of this man, this mystery.”

Pope Francis in the Vatican's apostolic library, Feb. 24, 2014. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis in the Vatican’s apostolic library, Feb. 24, 2014. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Andrea Tornielli, a Vatican expert and director of the online news site, Vatican Insider, said this new book also tells people “what is essential in the life of a Christian,” not with abstract truths, but with written examples from Pope Francis and beautiful color photographs showing “these works in action.”

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Pope Francis in Cagliari, Sardinia, Sept. 22, 2013. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The new book that Tornielli and Msgr. Tighe are praising is none other than “Pope Francis: A Guide to God’s Time,” the latest (first!) book jointly published by Catholic News Service/U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Vatican publishing house, L.E.V. They spoke last night at special presentation marking the book’s launch.

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From the left: CNS senior correspondent, Cindy Wooden; Vatican expert, Andrea Tornielli: Msgr. Paul Tighe, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications; CNS senior photographer, Paul Haring. The panel presented “Pope Francis: A Guide to God’s Time,” a new book jointly published by Catholic News Service/USCCB and LEV. Dec. 3, 2014 in Rome.

Written by senior Vatican correspondent Cindy Wooden and illustrated with 91 stunning photographs by senior photographer Paul Haring, Msgr. Tighe said the authors let the pope “tell us a little about himself and the most fundamental parts.”

This nice promotional video below has the authors themselves explaining some of their discoveries and insights about Pope Francis.

And this Vatican Radio interview with Cindy Wooden gives a lot of interesting background.

 

 

Msgr. Tighe ended his presentation with an appeal to all Catholic communicators to reflect more of what Cindy and Paul’s book does:

“We have a pope who has hope, who knows of joy, who knows of Christ. Our job is to help other people — through him — find the Christ who is the root of our joy and our hope.”

Pope Francis during the Corpus Christi observance May 30, 2013 in Rome. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis during the Corpus Christi observance May 30, 2013 in Rome. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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