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Book review: Pope of Good Promise by Jimmy Burns

By Gerry Lynch  

Pope of Good Promise by Jimmy Burns (Constable, £25) 81XxrlNQeuLPope Francis is the first Jesuit and the first Argentinean Pope. Jimmy Burns, educated at the Jesuit-run Stonyhurst College and an experienced journalist and author, particularly about Latin America, is well qualified to interpret both sides of Francis.

He excels at placing Francis within Argentine society. Brought up in a staunchly Peronist lower middle-class family during the grim years of dictatorship, Francis rebelled and moved to the right. The Argentine Jesuits were divided, and Francis’s period as Provincial (regional superior) was marked by authoritarianism and…

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