A down-to-earth and deeply intimate portrait of Pope Francis and his
faith, based on interviews with the men and women who knew him simply as
Jorge Mario Bergoglio
In Pilgrimage, Shriver retraces Francis s personal journey, revealing the origins of his open, unpretentious style and explaining how it revitalized Shriver s own faith and renewed his commitment to the Church. To help us understand how Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis, Shriver travels to Bergoglio s native Argentina to meet with the people who knew him as a child, as a young Jesuit priest, and as a reformist bishop. Shriver visits the confessional where Bergoglio first felt called to a faith-based life and takes us to the humble parish where the future pontiff s pastoral career began: in a church created from a converted vegetable shed in an area just outside the city of Buenos Aires. In these impoverished surroundings, Bergoglio answered Christ s call to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and shelter the homeless, following the example set by his papal namesake, St. Francis of Assisi.