New “Our Father” Book by Pope Likely To Contain Surprises

October 17, 2017

New “Our Father” Book by Pope Likely To Contain Surprises



By Andrew Parrish
Pewsitter.com


(ROME) – Over the weekend, the Spanish Catholic website Religión Digital announced that the Pope has been working on a book about the Our Father. Scheduled for release in Italy on November 23rd, the work has been co-authored with the chaplain of a Paduan prison, Marco Pozza. Pozza is a well-known media figure in Italy who hosts religious television programs on the national network TV2000. If history is any guide, this new book is likely to contain some surprising statements from the Holy Father.

“Our Father” is, according to Religión Digital, a joint meditation between Francis and Pozza on the Gospel prayer of Jesus. It will echo the content of a special series airing on TV2000 on the 25th of this month, which is supposed to be presented officially at the Vatican tomorrow by Dario Vigano, prefect of the Secretariat of Communications. Jesús Bastante, writing for the site, reports that Pozza will be presenting interviews with nine Italian celebrities, evidently including the Pope, putting forth their view of the significance of the Our Father. “In 'Our Father', Francis and Pozza try to answer the great questions of Jesus' prayer, whose words resonate in different episodes of the life and mission of Jorge Mario Bergoglio and, with him, in the anxieties and hopes of millions of men and women from all over the world,” Bastante writes.

This personal approach indicates that the TV miniseries, and the forthcoming book, will likely touch upon incidents in the Pope's life and his reflections on the Our Father as mediated by those experiences, rather than a purely theological approach. Personal confessions of Pope Francis tend to lead to the unexpected, as in the latest book-length interview, “Politics and Society,” still awaiting English translation. In this work, the Pope surprised the world by admitting to French interviewer Dominique Wolton, among other things, that he had consulted a Jewish psychoanalyst between 1978-1979 and that his political views had been deeply influenced by the Communist activist Esther Ballestrino de Careaga. Three years ago was Conversations with Jorge Bergoglio: His Life in His Own Words, in which the Pope discussed his complex and controversial relationship with the military dictatorship of Argentina in the '70s. In light of this trend, “Our Father” will probably contain a surprise or two.

 

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By Andrew Parrish

Andrew Parrish is a 2015 graduate of the Catholic University of Lublin in Poland. He holds a BA in Philosophy.


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