On Tuesday 20th October 2015 Campion Hall welcomed Jesuit alumni for a talk by journalist and author Jimmy Burns about his new book, "Francis: Pope of Good Promise," just published by Constable/LittleBrown in UK and St Martin’s Press in the US in hardback and ebook.
ABOUT POPE OF GOOD PROMISE : This is an original and ground-breaking personal portrait of the life and times of Pope Francis by a prize-winning Jesuit-educated author and journalist who the late Graham Greene, along with many others , have praised as an expert on Argentina.
Burns draws from his personal experience of the Jesuits and more than thirty years of investigative reporting on Latin America and the Catholic Church to bring out the most detailed and insightful account of Jorge Bergoglio’s life as a priest and bishop in one of the most turbulent political environments in the world , and his first two years as Pope when millions have looked to him as the new spiritual leader, a troubled and crisis-torn world requires.
“The Pope of Good Promise interweaves with the main narrative Jimmy Burns’s moving personal journey – part spiritual, part investigative – in search of the true subject behind the public image.” Jesuits in Britain
“There have been books and books on the Pope but this is the best one. Let me encourage you to buy it. You won’t regret it.” Fr Nicholas King S.J.
“No hagiography, but rather a well-researched, carefully crafted exploration of a complex, sometimes enigmatic, often surprising pope and his long apprenticeship for the role.” Jane Taylor, The Catholic Herald
“A very good biography of an extraordinary figure…profoundly sympathetic but not hagiographic.” Rowan Williams, New Statesman
“Absorbing, thrilling, experience, ….Burns writes with a novelist’s grace and a historian’s perspective.” America Magazine
“Thoughtful, wide-ranging and first-rate biography, the best by far of the procession of books that have been hurried out since the beguiling Francis’s arrival on the world stage.” Peter Stanford, Sunday Telegraph
Jimmy Burns was born in Madrid and educated by the Jesuits at Stonyhurst College, before graduate and postgraduate studies at University College London, and at the London School of Economics. His career as a award winning journalist and author spans over thirty years. He has worked as a foreign correspondent specialising in Latin America, and as a political and public affairs commentator and investigative reporter, contributing to major media on both sides of the Atlantic including the Financial Times, the BBC, The Guardian, The Independent, the international catholic weeklies The Tablet and Vida Nueva, CBS, CNN, NPR, and Newsweek. He has published ten books. www.jimmy-burns.com