Prominent writers focus on key words of Pope Francis’ ministry

This is the cover of “A Pope Francis Lexicon,” a collection of 54 essays on the pope and prayer. The book was edited by Joshua J. McElwee, Vatican correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter, and Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service Rome bureau chief. (CNS photo/Liturgical Press)

A Pope Francis Lexicon,” edited by Cindy Wooden, the Rome bureau chief for Catholic News Service, and Joshua McElwee, Vatican correspondent for National Catholic Reporter, has just been published by Liturgical Press in Collegeville.

The book is a collection of over 50 essays by contributors from around the globe, each writing on a specific word that has become important in the ministry of Pope Francis.

Writers such as Sister Simone Campbell, Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Honduras, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Philippines, Jesuit Father James Martin, Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby and Carolyn Woo, the former head of Catholic Relief Services and a CNS columnist, explore the pope’s use of words such as “joy,” “clericalism,” “money,” “family” and “tears.”

More information about the book ($24.95) can be found at or by calling (800) 858-5450.

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