“…In the end, Pilgrimage sheds sparks, rather than shards of light, over what we already know about Francis; yet it brings him into focus better than many of the weightier tomes out there. And as a readable, enjoyable, accessible portrait of an extraordinary man, it is hard to beat…” – Austen Ivereigh (full review here), author of the very good The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope, which is one of those books I’d say is similar though not identical in its focus.
“The church sex abuse crisis has rocked the faith of millions of Catholics.
A Pew study found that, in the United States alone, 40 per cent of people raised Catholic have left the church.
For one member of America’s most famous Catholic family, the crisis has been especially painful.
Mark Shriver is the nephew of JFK and the son of Sargent Shriver, a legendary humanitarian who ran the Peace Corps and the war on poverty in the 60s.
In an effort to rescue his faith, he set out to test the Vatican’s commitment to change. The result is his new book, Pilgrimage: My Search for the Real Pope Francis.” A nicely hardcover book, it was published 29th November 2016.
You’ll find a conversation with Mark Shriver here. It aired on Australian radio on Good Friday, 14th April 2017.