The election of Pope Francis came at the end of a tumultuous time in the Catholic Church. The global child sex abuse scandal, the trial of Benedict XVI’s butler and the subsequent resignation of Benedict XVI were all adding up to be a very shaky foundation for the church.
After Benedict’s resignation the world looked on while waiting for the smoke to appear from the Sistine Chapel. Who would succeed Benedict, can anyone bring stability to the church?
Finally “Habemus papam” was declared and out came a kindly, paternal face, smiling and waving to the crowd. Instantly people began to warm to him purely because of this warm smile and apparent humility.
I was delighted to see this infectious smile looking out at me from the cover of this book. If Pope Francis’ saintly smile on the cover doesn't sell this book then nothing will.