The Name of God Is Mercy by Pope Francis

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...beautiful book, with endpapers that repeat the title in many languages. The pope briefly addresses homosexuality and the ecumenism of mercy throughout the world's religions; he more fully considers mercy in relation to compassion...
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In his first book published as Pope, and in conjunction with the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis here invites all humanity to an intimate and personal dialogue on the subject closest to his heart—mercy—which has long been the cornerstone of his faith and is now the central teaching of his papacy.

In this conversation with Vatican reporter Andrea Tornielli, Francis explains—through memories from his youth and moving anecdotes from his experiences as a pastor—why “mercy is the first attribute of God.” God “does not want anyone to be lost. His mercy is infinitely greater than our sins,” he writes. As well, the Church cannot close the door on anyone, Francis asserts—on the contrary, its duty is to go out into the world to find its way into the consciousness of people so that they can assume responsibility for, and move away from, the bad things they have done.

The first Jesuit and the first South American to be elected Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis has traveled around the world spreading God’s message of mercy to the largest crowds in papal history. Clear and profound, The Name of God Is Mercy resonates with this desire to reach all those who are looking for meaning in life, a road to peace and reconciliation, and the healing of physical and spiritual wounds. It is being published in more than eighty countries around the world.

“The name of God is mercy. There are no situations we cannot get out of, we are not condemned to sink into quicksand.”—Pope Francis

Praise for The Name of God Is Mercy

“Francis speaks succinctly—and with refreshing forthrightness. . . . He emphasizes moral sincerity over dogma, an understanding of the complexities of the world and individual experience over rigid doctrine. . . . The pope has an easy conversational style that moves effortlessly between folksy sayings and erudite allusions, between common-sense logic and impassioned philosophical insights.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“What makes his book most moving is the way in which this man, without disrespecting his own privacy or offering false bromides of modesty, opens the sacred space of his conscience to explain how he came to center his ministry, and now his papacy, around mercy.”—James Carroll, The New Yorker

“As he has done throughout his papacy, Pope Francis shows in this book a compelling way to present God’s love anew to a skeptical world without denying the ancient teachings of faith. But now he is challenging the entire Church to trek a new way forward.”—Time

“Francis enjoys sharing personal stories of God’s grace and mercy in the lives of parishioners from his native Argentina, people he has known and who have recognized themselves as sinners.”—The Washington Post

“Powerful . . . Francis’s book signals a plea for a change of attitude on the part of the faithful and their pastors. . . . Bishops and priests will talk and quarrel over the text for months, even years to come. And that, perhaps, is what Francis intends.”—Financial Times

“Deepens his calls for a more merciful Catholic Church . . . The question-and-answer book is told in simple, breezy language, with the pope referring to experiences and people in his own life.”—Newsday

“Francis has offered his most detailed outline yet for the role of the Catholic church in the modern era.”—National Catholic Reporter

Translated by Oonagh Stransky 


From the Hardcover edition.
 

About Pope Francis

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POPE FRANCIS is the first Latin American to be elected to the chair of Peter. A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, he was ordained as a priest in 1969. He served as head of the Society of Jesus in Argentina from 1973 to 1979. In 1998 he became the archbishop of Buenos Aires, and in 2001 a cardinal. He was elected pope on March 13, 2013. 
 
Published January 12, 2016 by Random House. 171 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Self Help. Non-fiction
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Publishers Weekly

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on Mar 11 2016

...beautiful book, with endpapers that repeat the title in many languages. The pope briefly addresses homosexuality and the ecumenism of mercy throughout the world's religions; he more fully considers mercy in relation to compassion...

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Reviewed by Michiko Kakutani on Jan 10 2016

The ease with which the pope speaks to the concerns of ordinary people, as well as his humble lifestyle (living not in the Apostolic Palace, but in a modest Vatican guesthouse, and traveling in a tiny Fiat car), is rooted in a heartfelt sense of humility.

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Reviewed by Terry Eagleton on Mar 30 2016

...some of his remarks have a cutting edge rarely to be found in this sort of bland discourse...Whatever the ambiguities of his past, he emerges as a man of remarkable kindliness and humanity, which is more than can be said of a fair number of his predecessors.

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Reviewed by Peter Stanford on Jan 10 2016

Question-and-answer sessions, spread over 150 pages, usually feel clumsy and can be an ordeal to plough through, but Francis’s chatty tone, his repeated references to episodes in his own life and his clear, down-to-earth language, so rarely found in papal pronouncements, make The Name of God Is Mercy a pleasure to read.

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Reviewed by Catherine Pepinster on Jan 21 2016

In fact, what Pope Francis has done here is peel back the layers of condemnation and reproof and refashioned Christian teaching...to put in more 21st-century language: we're flawed people, and boy, do we screw up.

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Newsday

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Reviewed by Bart Jones on Jan 19 2016

For those who may struggle to remain focused during Sunday Mass when a homily edges toward the esoteric — and even for non-Christians — Francis’ words will prove to be a welcome antidote of blunt, self-revealing and “real world” wisdom.

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