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Ultimately the book asks each of us: what have I done for Christ, what am I doing for Christ, and what will I do for Christ?
Sean Salai, SJ, releases book on Pope Francis

What Would Pope Francis Do?

By Sean Salai, SJ

In March 2013, the world was stunned when the little-known Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected pope. At Jesuit High School in Tampa, the students were also shocked – and jubilant – that a Jesuit was now the leader of the Roman Catholic Church. After all, their religion teacher, a young Jesuit scholastic named Sean Salai, had told them it was highly unlikely that the papal conclave would choose the Jesuit Cardinal as pope.  

Pope Francis has been doing the unexpected ever since, and Sean Salai, SJ, has been listening closely. In his new book, What Would Pope Francis Do?, Salai uses six themes from Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium to explore how each of us is called to live a life of faith and encounter. 

For readers seeking a lived introduction to the heart of Pope Francis and Ignatian spirituality, in both this Year of Mercy and beyond, What Would Pope Francis Do? is filled with stories of saints and ordinary people who have followed the call of Jesus—and Pope Francis—to go to the peripheries with the joy of the Gospel. Ultimately the book asks each of us: what have I done for Christ, what am I doing for Christ, and what will I do for Christ?

Published by Our Sunday Visitor, What Would Pope Francis Do? is available through their websiteor in both paperback or e-book form on It can also be found atBarnes and Noble

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