Pilgrimage by Mark K. Shriver audiobook

Pilgrimage: My Search for the Real Pope Francis

By Mark K. Shriver
Read by Jim Frangione

Random House Audio 9780812998023
10.18 Hours Unabridged
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A down-to-earth and deeply intimate portrait of Pope Francis and his faith, based on interviews with the men and women who knew him simply as Jorge Mario Bergoglio. When Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis on March 13, 2013, Mark Shriver found himself fascinated with this humble, charismatic, and authentic leader. What led this Argentine to become a priest? What struggles had shaped him? And what could his past tell us about his plans for the future of the Catholic Church? Mark Shriver was brought up as a Catholic—both his father, Sargent Shriver, and his mother, Eunice Kennedy, were faithful Catholics—but he had long since grown disillusioned with the Church. Watching Pope Francis, though, Shriver was intrigued. Would this pope put the Catholic Church on a new path? What would that mean for Catholics around the world? Sparked by a renewed sense of faith (as well as personal curiosity), Shriver traveled to Buenos Aires, where Bergoglio was born, to meet with the men and women who remembered him as a child, as a young man and Jesuit priest, and later as a Bishop. Shriver visits the confessional where Bergoglio first felt called to religion and a faith-based life, hears about Bergoglio’s early job as a clerk at a hosiery factory, and learns about the female biochemist—who co-founded the Mothers of the Plaza del Mayo before she was tragically “disappeared”—whom he credits with shaping his work ethic and spirit of dedication. He also visits Bergoglio’s first, incredibly humble parish: a church that was a converted vegetable shed deep in the barrios—or slums—of Buenos Aires and speaks with the men and women who still remember Bergoglio with great fondness.

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A down-to-earth and deeply intimate portrait of Pope Francis and his faith, based on interviews with the men and women who knew him simply as Jorge Mario Bergoglio.

When Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis on March 13, 2013, Mark Shriver found himself fascinated with this humble, charismatic, and authentic leader. What led this Argentine to become a priest? What struggles had shaped him? And what could his past tell us about his plans for the future of the Catholic Church? Mark Shriver was brought up as a Catholic—both his father, Sargent Shriver, and his mother, Eunice Kennedy, were faithful Catholics—but he had long since grown disillusioned with the Church. Watching Pope Francis, though, Shriver was intrigued. Would this pope put the Catholic Church on a new path? What would that mean for Catholics around the world? Sparked by a renewed sense of faith (as well as personal curiosity), Shriver traveled to Buenos Aires, where Bergoglio was born, to meet with the men and women who remembered him as a child, as a young man and Jesuit priest, and later as a Bishop. Shriver visits the confessional where Bergoglio first felt called to religion and a faith-based life, hears about Bergoglio’s early job as a clerk at a hosiery factory, and learns about the female biochemist—who co-founded the Mothers of the Plaza del Mayo before she was tragically “disappeared”—whom he credits with shaping his work ethic and spirit of dedication. He also visits Bergoglio’s first, incredibly humble parish: a church that was a converted vegetable shed deep in the barrios—or slums—of Buenos Aires and speaks with the men and women who still remember Bergoglio with great fondness.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A beautifully written, deeply researched, and engagingly personal take on one of the most compelling figures of our time—of any time.” Austen Ivereigh, author of The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope
Pilgrimage provides a new and important perspective on Pope Francis, garnered from extensive interviews with the people who have been closest to the Holy Father throughout the course of his life. All people of good faith, including those whose lives are not guided by religious beliefs, will be inspired and enlightened by the compelling manner in which Pilgrimage brings us closer to the heart and mind of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Pope Francis. I highly recommend this book; it will make a difference in your life. Cardinal Seán O’Malley, OFM Cap.
One American’s quest to grasp the essence of what makes Pope Francis tick becomes a compelling journey into new depths within the author’s soul. In Argentina, Shriver meets all the right people, and as they open up to him, Francis gradually shifts into focus. Funny, wise, insightful, and skillfully penned, Pilgrimage deserves to be ranked among the best books on the greatest leader of our age. I really enjoyed it. Austen Ivereigh, author of The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope
This is a book for the man in the street who wants to know, ‘Who is this pope? Where did he come from?’ And who wants to learn this not from a theologian writing for other theologians, but in everyday language from an everyday point of view. Moved by his own burning curiosity, Mark K. Shriver travels to Argentina, Rome, and elsewhere to talk with the pope’s family, former students, parishioners, and longtime associates. This book lets you travel with him. Michael Novak, author of The Open Church and Writing from Left to Right
This fast-paced and fascinating tale takes us on Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s pilgrimage from his grandmother’s knee in the Italian-Argentine community, through years of success and sorrow in the tumultuous country that he loved, to his surprise election as Pope Francis. Mark K. Shriver finds himself on his own pilgrimage as he comes to understand the role of the Society of Jesus—the Jesuits—in shaping the charismatic pontiff. Then, with smart subtlety, Shriver shows how the fundamental fact of faith makes pilgrims of us all. Cokie Roberts, New York Times bestselling author of Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848–1868 
A fascinating portrait of a man and a nourishing account of spiritual yearning. Booklist
“Looks carefully at his Jesuit vocation and spirituality, considers the social and political forces against which he had to struggle as Archbishop of Buenos Aires, and convincingly shows how a humble man could be named a cardinal, and finally, elected pope.” James Martin, author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage
Well-researched . . . Pilgrimage shines a light on [Pope Francis’s] unexplored aspects. . . . A very timely and important addition to the literature on the life and person and thinking of Pope Francis. Everybody interested in Pope Francis will enjoy reading this biography. The Washington BookReview
Apt to stir the soul of readers . . . While this is a rich telling of Bergoglio’s life and ascension to the papacy, it is more movingly a spiritual memoir that draws us deep into a knowing of this at once humble and soul-stirring rekindler of faith. Chicago Tribune
This book will especially appeal to those who want to learn more about Francis’s origins. . . . While many good books have been written about Pope Francis . . . Shriver’s conversations with many of the people who knew Jorge Bergoglio in Argentina and were willing to relate personal details about their relationship with him set this book apart. Library Journal (starred review)

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 10.18
Audience: Adult
Language: English