‘In Your Eyes I See My Words’ by Pope Francis Jorge Mario Bergoglio

New York, N.Y., Sept. 17—When Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church in March 2013, stories of his humility were everywhere. News circulated about the fact that he returned to the boarding house where he had been staying to pay his bill personally, rather than send an assistant, and that he chose to live in a simple two-room apartment rather than in the luxurious papal accommodations in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace. 

These actions gave the public a chance to learn something about the nature of the new pontiff.  But what can be learned from his words? Readers of English will soon find out as Pope Francis’s collection of homilies and speeches from Buenos Aires from 1999 to 2004 will be released on Sept. 24, 2019, by Fordham University Press. 

In Your Eyes I See My Words is the first of a three-volume translation of Pope Francis’s theological, pastoral, anthropological, and educational thoughts. It is the first time these homilies and speeches have been printed in English.

The book provides insights into the mind and theological unfolding of a beloved spiritual leader who has challenged politicians, culture-makers, the media moguls—even his own ordained and lay church ministers—to live a life of faithfulness marked by justice, equality, and concern for the needs of everyone.

“We must advance toward an idea of truth that is ever more inclusive, less restrictive; at least, if we are thinking about God’s truth and not some human truth, however solid it may appear to us. God’s truth is unending; it is an ocean of which we can barely see the shore. . . . The truth is a gift that is too big for us, and that is precisely why it makes us bigger, amplifies us, raises us up. ”—Pope Francis

“The homilies and public lectures in this volume introduce us to the serious but also lighthearted intellectual background of the first Jesuit pope and the first pope to bear the name of Francis of Assisi. This Franciscan-crossed Jesuit has much to teach us.”——Patrick J. Ryan, S.J.

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