Pope Francis was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio on 17 December 1936 in
Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a young man, he worked briefly as a
chemical technician and nightclub bouncer before entering the
Jesuits. He was ordained a priest in 1969, and from 1973 to 1979,
was Argentina's Provincial Superior of the Society of Jesus. He
became the Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998, and was appointed a
Cardinal in 2001.
Following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on 28 February 2013, Bergoglio was named his successor on 13 March. He chose the name Francis in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. He is the first Jesuit Pope, the first Pope from the Americas, the first Pope from the Southern Hemisphere, and the first non-European Pope in over 1200 years.
Pope Francis has been noted for his humility, his concern for the poor, and his commitment to dialogue as a way to build bridges between people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and faiths.
"Magnificent. A beautiful invitation by a truly holy man to meet
the one at the center of his life: Jesus Christ."
- James Martin, SJ, author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage.
Walking with Jesus offers a carefully selected collection of recent homilies, discourses and messages of our astonishing Pope Francis. The excellent translation captures the remarkable humanity, turns of phrase, metaphors and imagery of a pope who is second to none as communicator. Expert editing makes each selection a real treat, accessible and easy to read, while inviting you to reflection and prayer. What a wonderful addition to our knowledge of the fresh and inspiring message of a revolutionary pope from 'the ends of the earth!'"
- Allan Figueroa Deck, SJCasassa Chair and Professor of TheologyLoyola Marymount University
"Growing up on the gritty streets of Chicago's West Side, I was taught to never walk alone. The same advice holds true for the spiritual journey and Pope Francis shows us how to walk with Jesus every step of the way. Thank you, Holy Father, for reminding us that, with Jesus at our side, we have nothing to fear!"
-Joe Paprocki, DMin
"Making an important contribution to the new evangelization, Walking with Jesus weaves together the major themes of Pope Francis's pontificate centered around the encounter with Christ. The perfect companion for those seeking to grow in their relationship with Christ, the Sacraments and the Holy Spirit, Walking with Jesus is sure to inspire you to follow in the footsteps of Pope Francis to grow in your faith."
- Julianne Stanz
Director of Evangelization
Diocese of Green Bay
"A wonderfully inspiring and stirring resource capturing the depth of Pope Francis's magnificent vision and mission. His powerful message speaks of the richness of Catholic story and tradition. Walking with Jesus: A Way Forward for the Church is an exceptional source of wisdom and guidance for all involved in the ministry of religious education."
- Edith Prendergast, RSC
Director Religious Education, Archdiocese Los Angeles