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Books view Pope Francis from varied perspectives


These are the covers of "Pope Francis: Life and Revolution" by Elisabetta Pique, "Fioretti: The Little Flowers of Pope Francis" by Andrea Tornielli and "Pope Francis: A Guide to God's TimeĆ by Cindy Wooden and Paul Haring. They are reviewed by Allan F. Wright. (CNS)

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"Pope Francis: Life and Revolution" by Elisabetta Pique. Loyola Press (Chicago, 2014). 312 pp, $22.95.

"Fioretti: The Little Flowers of Pope Francis" by Andrea Tornielli. Ignatius Press (San Francisco, 2014). 185 pp, $16.85.

"The Spirit of St. Francis: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis," edited by Alicia von Stamwitz. Franciscan Media (Cincinnati, 2015) .179 pp, $19.99.

"Pope Francis: A Guide to God's Time" by Cindy Wooden and Paul Haring. Catholic News Service (Washington, 2014). 120 pp, $21.95

Elisabetta Pique, an internationally respected journalist, had an inside track into the lifestyle and manner of leadership Pope Francis exhibits because of her personal and familial relationship with him years before he was elected pope. Her friendship with the current pontiff began in 2001 when she was acquainted with then-Archbishop Bergoglio as a reporter for Argentina's main newspaper, La Nacion.

Pique's "Pope Francis: Life and Revolution: A Biography of Jorge Bergoglio" gives an insider's perspective into the man who would become pope. The author introduces you to "Padre Jorge" and allows you to walk with him through various stages of his life, putting you in St. Peter's Square as he is elected pope.

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