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On Heaven and Earth: Pope Francis on Faith, Family, and the Church in the Twenty-First Century Paperback – Large Print, May 14 2013

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Large Print; Lrg edition (May 14 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804121168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804121163
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #731,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This remarkable book wonderfully demonstrates the warm and positive relationship Pope Francis has developed with Jews and Judaism. These honest and respectful exchanges between then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio and Argentinian Rabbi Abraham Skorka on a wide range of sensitive and complex topics - God, religion, fundamentalism, politics, and the Holocaust - is a model not only for Jews and Catholics but for all those seeking productive interfaith dialogue in helping to repair a broken world. -- Rabbi Eric J. Greenberg, Director, Department of Interfaith Affairs Anti-Defamation League

Whether or not they agree with everything that is said, readers of all religious backgrounds will be impressed by the substance and frankness of these conversations between Cardinal Bergolio and Rabbi Skorka. They clearly enact the call of the Second Vatican Council for "fraternal dialogues"  between Catholics and Jews. This is how religious leaders should speak to one another: on the basis of sincere friendship and respect.  This book will also encourage anyone who wondered if a pope from a non-European country could be personally committed to the Catholic Church's new relationship with Jews. --Philip A. Cunningham, Ph.D., Professor of Theology and Director of the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations, Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia

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JORGE MARIO BERGOGLIO, POPE FRANCIS, is the first Latin American to be elected to the chair of Peter. A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, he was ordained as a priest in 1969. He served as head of the Society of Jesus in Argentina from 1973 to 1979. In 1998 he became the archbishop of Buenos Aires, and in 2001 a cardinal. Following the resignation of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, February 28, 2013, the conclave elected Bergoglio, who chose the papal name Francis in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. He is the first pope to be a Jesuit, to come from the Americas, and to come from the Southern Hemisphere.

ABRAHAM SKORKA is an Argentine rabbi, biophysicist, and book author. He is rector of the Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano in Buenos Aires, the rabbi of the Jewish community Benei Tikva, a professor of biblical and rabbinic literature at the Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano, and honorary professor of Hebrew law at the University of Salamanca.

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I am so glad I bought and read this book. Had Bergoglio not become Pope, it's doubtful this book would have been translated for the English reading public.

What I marveled at was the profound respect shown by these 2 men for each other and their beliefs. There was no confrontation, only a sincere desire to understand each other. I was amazed at how they managed to discuss contentious issues held for centuries.

I learned a lot about how to practice ecumenism by reading this book. I commend both men for being able to appreciate another point of view. Highly recommended.
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I read this book to learn more about our current pope. While I did learn more about him (and grew in respect for him), I also learned more about my own faith and about Judaism. I found the discussion in the book between Pope Francis (then just Cardinal Bergoglio) and Rabbi Skorka as each of them discussed their traditions and religions and expressed respect for the other man's views. Bergoglio and Skorka show us how to have an open, honest, respectful dialogue about faith - and how we can learn from each other while doing so. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about Judaism, Catholicism, and inter-religious dialogue.
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I love the interaction between the two religious leaders, Pope Francis and Rabbi Skorka. Their views are well expressed and they show it is possible to remain respectful despite different opinions.
I only wish the cover were different. I'd like to give it as a gift to Jewish friends but the cover makes it look as if the Pope is the primary author when in fact both are equal. Other than that I'm extremely happy with the book.
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A very informative book on both religions - Roman Catholic and Jewish.
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