Jon Sweeney on When Saint Francis Saved the Church

“I don’t think we can really grasp Francis’s life today unless we see it through the lens of his struggles, and unless we meet the friends and followers who seemed to do all they could to screw up what Francis started.” — Jon Sweeney, author, When Saint Francis Saved the Church This month, popular historian [Read More…]

Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads

By Tim Muldoon Review of Chris Lowney’s Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads About a decade ago, I wrote a book on Ignatian spirituality—that is, the tradition of prayer and spiritual exercise rooted in the writings of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order.  It was early in the [Read More…]

How Pope Francis Leads: A Q&A with Chris Lowney

Former Jesuit turned J.P. Morgan Managing Director and best-selling author of Heroic Leadership Chris Lowney is the perfect person to pen a book on the new Pope’s leadership style. In Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads, Lowney explores how the Pope’s words and deeds reveal spiritual principles that have prepared him to lead the Church and [Read More…]

Did the Cardinals Know Who They Were Electing?

By Jon M. Sweeney A review of Francis: Man of Prayer, by Mario Escobar. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2013. First of all, disregard the gold medallion the marketers stuck on the cover of this book: “A Biography.” It’s not, or at least, not really. A true biography involves some amount of original research, whether in library [Read More…]