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Church, Interrupted: Havoc & Hope: The Tender Revolt of Pope Francis is a revealing portrait of Pope Francis' hopeful yet controversial efforts to recreate the Catholic Church to become, once again, a welcoming place of empathy, love, and inclusiveness.

Best-selling author, Vanity Fair contributor, and papal biographer John Cornwell tells the gripping insider story of Pope Francis' bid to bring renewal and hope to a crisis-plagued Church and the world at large.

With unique insights and original reporting, Cornwell reveals how Francis has persistently provoked and disrupted his stubbornly unchanging church, purging clerical corruption and reforming entrenched institutions, while calling for action against global poverty, climate change, and racism.

Cornwell argues that despite fierce opposition from traditionalist clergy and right-wing media, the pope has radically widened Catholic moral priorities, calling for mercy and compassion over rigid dogmatism. Francis, according to Cornwell, has transformed the Vatican from being a top-down centralized authority to being a spiritual service for a global church. He has welcomed the rejected, abused, and disheartened; reached out to people of other faiths and those of none; and proved a providential spiritual leader for future generations.

Highly acclaimed author John Cornwell's riveting account of the hopeful - and contentious - efforts undertaken by Pope Francis to rebuild the Catholic Church.

• Well researched and brilliant, listeners, scholars, and fans of John Cornwell will want to listen to his most controversial and compelling work yet.

• More than a third of America's 74 million Catholics said they were contemplating departure in 2018. It is estimated that over the past 20 years, the Catholic Church has been losing two-and-a-half billion dollars annually in revenues, legal fees, and damages due to clerical abuse cases. The decline in church attendance, marriages, and vocations to the priesthood and sisterhood tell a story of major decline and disillusion. Cornwell showcases Pope Francis' way forward, a hopeful message that gives reinvigorated reasons to stay with the church and help be the change the new generation would like to see.

• For listeners within and outside Catholicism fascinated by the future and restructuring of the church, this will be a book they want to listen to again and again as the church continues to change and grow.

©2021 John Cornwell (P)2021 Chronicle Prism

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