A Future of Faith: The Path of Change in Politics and Society

St. Martin's. Aug. 2018. 320p. bibliog. ISBN 9781250200563. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250200600. REL
Elected as both the first Jesuit and Latin American pope in 2013, Pope Francis (Happiness in This Life) is here encountered through a series of 12 conversations over the course of a year with French sociologist Wolton. Together they engage in a personal and intimate dialog around the broad topic of the role of the church in the world and in politics. The book is divided into themes such as "Peace and War," "Culture and Communication," and "Mercy," covering a range of subjects, including refugees, interreligious dialog, globalization, technology, and same-sex civil unions. Interspersed are more than a dozen extracts from various addresses by Francis. The exchanges clearly convey the pope's joy, humility, and playfulness even as he discusses serious issues.
VERDICT As an extended interview, this book is a bit scattered, addressing not one particular topic but providing plenty of thought-provoking insight into the mind and personality of the pope across a vast array of contemporary issues. It will be enjoyed by readers, Catholic or not, interested in the perspectives of an influential and widely beloved global spiritual leader.
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