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Pope Francis' first actions were called "unprecedented and shocking" by one veteran Vatican reporter; and his subsequent reforming initiatives have been deemed "epochal" and "revolutionary". When he helped resolve the US-Cuba diplomatic standoff that spanned five decades and ten US presidents, reporters starting asking, 'What crisis will he sort out next?' Islamic Jihadism? What makes Francis so different from any other pope in the history of the Church? In both words and deeds, Francis has won the approval of the world's populace that the ablest politicians must no doubt look upon with envy. While Benedict XVI's appeal for greater social justice was undermined by being delivered from a golden throne by a man dressed in red and gold vestments under the frescoed splendour of the Vatican's Sala Clementina, similar calls from Francis for economic reform have had a quite different impact. How did he acquire these political and people skills? Where do his "revolutionary" ideas come from, and what does he hope to achieve by his 'rhetoric'? P.D. Stuart writes that Francis is "driven by his Jesuit DNA to make changes in the Church that have been up to now unthinkable," and that we can expect Francis to attempt some of the most daring reforms ever contemplated by any pope. But could Francis' haste to implement wide-ranging reforms have something to do with his repeated urging of news reporters to read a certain book about his views on the 'anti-christ and the end of the world? And why does Francis believe that his "days are numbered" and that he will only be Pontiff "for a short time"? Could it be that Pope Francis knows that he will not be allowed the freedom to introduce major reforms without the approval of the Jesuit General and the Roman Curia. Indeed, when speaking of Francis' limitations to effect true and lasting reforms, P.D. Stuart cites the Jesuit-trained Count Campello, a once highly esteemed Canon of St. Peter's Basilica (and a great friend of one former pope), who when illustrating this fact, drew a circle, and said, "Within that circle he [the pope] is free to act; if he crosses it, he is a dead man." This book is as much about Pope Francis as it is about the rest of us. In its 400-plus pages, P.D. Stuart distills the wisdom of history and some little known facts about the man formerly known as Cardinal 'Papa' Jorge Mario Bergoglio that give clear indications of what we might expect under the 'reign' of Pope Francis...
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