The Name of God is Mercy, is the first book by Pope Francis, published simultaneously all over the world in January 2016 to mark the Jubilee year 2016, Year of Mercy.
In The Name of God is Mercy, Pope Francis explores and shares the universal theme of mercy, in a spiritual inspiration to both followers of Christianity and non-Christians anywhere in the world.
Written in conversation with Vatican expert and La Stampa journalist Andrea Tornielli over a number of interviews, the Pope draws on his own experience as a priest and shepherd, discusses mercy, a subject of central importance in his religious teaching and testimony. In The Name of God is Mercy, Pope Francis also sums up other ideas such as reconciliation and the closeness of God – that comprise the heart of his papacy. The book is directed at everyone, inside or outside of the Catholic Church, seeking meaning in life, a road to peace and reconciliation, or the healing of physical or spiritual wounds.
” Pope Francis’s chatty tone, his repeated references to episodes in his own life and his clear, down-to-earth language, so rarely found in papal pronouncements, make The Name of God Is Mercy a pleasure to read.” (The Guardian)
“Francis offers the most vivid glimpse yet of this thinking on the struggles facing the Church in the 21st Century” (Sunday Telegraph)
“This gift for teaching – along with his inclusive vision of the world, and his warm, embracing manner – have been hallmarks of the pope’s whirlwind tenure thus far in the Vatican, and they also inform his new book, The Name of God Is Mercy” (The New York Times)
“What makes his book most moving is the way in which this man, without disrespecting his own privacy or offering false bromides of modesty (what Douthat derides as “ostentatious humility”), opens the sacred space of his conscience to explain how he came to center his ministry, and now his papacy, around mercy.” (The New Yorker)