Since the moment the new pope took the name Francis and stepped out on the loggia at St. Peter's Basilica in 2013, something new, something fresh seemed to be unfolding. The Pope - who wears old brown shoes, forfeited the papal apartment, prefers to be driving in an economy car, gives off-the-cuff interviews, makes random personal phone calls to unsuspecting "commoners", and emphasizes incessantly his desire for a Church that is "poor" and "for the poor" - has certainly made an impression on the world stage.
But has the world, or the Church for that matter, taken the time to ponder in its heart what Francis actually has to say? We've heard the sound bites in the headlines and on the evening news, but have we gotten beyond the spin and gone to the source?
Christopher West reflects on 150 quotes from Pope Francis's landmark apostolic exhortation The Joy of the Gospel. Through the lens of St. John Paul II's Theology of the Body, West share the joy, points to the beauty and invites everyone to the delicious banquet he has found in Pope Francis's teachings.
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