Pope Francis: The Struggle for the Soul of Catholicism

21,000+ Reviews
Bookshop.org has the highest-rated customer service of any bookstore in the world
Product Details
$30.00  $27.90
Bloomsbury USA
Publish Date
6.4 X 9.5 X 1.5 inches | 1.7 pounds

Earn by promoting books

Earn money by sharing your favorite books through our Affiliate program.

Become an affiliate
About the Author

Paul Vallely has an international reputation as a commentator on religion, ethics and society. As a journalist he has produced award-winning reporting from 30 countries over three decades for which he was nominated for the UN Media Peace Prize. As an activist on international development he has worked with Bob Geldof and Bono and was co-author of Our Common Interest, the report of The Prime Minister's Commission for Africa. As a writer his books include The New Politics: Catholic Social Teaching for the 21st century and Bad Samaritans: First World Ethics and Third World Debt. He writes on political, cultural and ethical matters in the New York Times, the Sunday Times, Newsweek, The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday, the Church Times, Third Way and The Tablet. He is now Visiting Professor in Public Ethics and Media at the University of Chester, and also a Senior Honorary Fellow at the Brooks World Poverty Institute at the University of Manchester. Vallely has been an adviser to the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales and lives in Manchester with his wife and son.
Please visit www.paulvallely.com


"Indispensable." --James Carroll, The New Yorker

"No biography, however diligent, can capture someone's interior life. But what this book does demonstrate is that Pope Francis is a tougher, more complex figure than meets the eye . . . Anybody who reads this book will eagerly await his next move." --The Economist

"Vallely's portrait is richly detailed, and he provides the most thorough account to date of the internal politics of the Francis papacy." --The Washington Post

"The indispensable English-language biography of the Pope." --Andrew Sullivan, The Daily Dish

"Paul Vallely's biography of Francis . . . stands, in terms of seriousness of purpose and depth of understanding, head and shoulders above other recent rushed cuttings jobs." --Peter Stanford, The Sunday Times

"By the end of this stint of reviewing I have read through 10 biographies of one sort or another of the new Bishop of Rome. This emboldens me to say, without hesitation, that Vallely's is undoubtedly the most satisfactory of an otherwise lacklustre bunch. . . Vallely, as befits a long-time journalist, has done the legwork . . . Read this book, forget the rest." --Michael Walsh, The Tablet

"Discovering a pope with a controversial past and a revolutionary style of leadership in the present, Vallely provides a highly worthwhile resource for Catholics and non-Catholics alike." --starred review, Kirkus

"Paul Vallely has produced a deeply nuanced and insightful portrait of perhaps the most influential person in the world today." --Examiner.com