Book Note: The Name of God is Mercy, by Pope Francis

A reproduction of the front page of Pope Francis's book "The name of God is Mercy" is seen in this Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 photo taken in Rome, Italy. This is the first time the Pope has put his name on a book since he was elected. It’s a book-length conversation with an Italian journalist, focusing on mercy, the real leitmotiv of his papacy and the Holy Year. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

(AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

The Catholic church is currently celebrating a Holy Year of Mercy, a time designated by the Pope to focus the church more closely on what he considers to be God’s most important attribute and “the core of the Gospel message” (7). The Name of God is Mercy is an interview between Pope Francis and a Vatican reporter. It’s conversational and not overly polished, with a few striking moments of candor.

For example, the interview begins with the Pope describing the process of inspiration that led to his Holy Year declaration: [Read more…]