Faculty member edits book on Pope Francis

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(DePaul University/Jeff Carrion)
New World Pope: Pope Francis and the Future of the Church 

Edited by: Michael Budde, Department of Catholic Studies

"New World Pope" explores how Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis - the ideas, experiences, influences, and passions that have formed this pastor who has inspired, challenged, encouraged, and angered people worldwide. Ten experts from around the world - scholars, journalists, church leaders, and others - provide insights into the origins and trajectories of Pope Francis' vision and hopes for the Christian community in our day.

What inspired you to write this book? 

This book emerged from an annual World Catholicism Week conference at DePaul, sponsored by the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology. It gathered scholars from around the world to share their research, insights and questions with one another. The center's mission is unique in American higher education and is a recognized leader worldwide in encouraging new voices from the global South, advanced scholarship and cross-national and cross-disciplinary collaborations.

Persuade someone to read your book in less than 50 words: 

If you are intrigued by the headlines or debates focusing on Pope Francis, this book allows you to learn what undergirds Francis and his vision of a radical, humble and poor Church that serves the world rather than itself.

About the author:

Michael Budde is a professor of Catholic studies and political science, and a senior research scholar in DePaul's Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology. His research centers on Catholicism as a transnational movement, with special attention to issues of ecclesiology and nationalism, political economy and culture. Budde joined DePaul in 1993, and has served as chair for both Catholic studies and political science departments.

Publisher, publication date, length:

Cascade Publishing, June 2017, 150 pages

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