A selection of homilies, addresses, and papers from his first year as pontiff, Pope Francis’s The Church of Mercy provides readers with a window into his view of the Church in the world as well as into his personality. Francis is a man of faith and principle, but also a man of great love and joy. The most “un-preachy” of evangelists, he brims with gratitude for salvation and hope for a Church that can be a source of strength and succor to the world’s poor and downtrodden. You won’t find pronouncements here on same-sex marriage, women clergy, contraception, abortion or any of the other more inflammatory issues that Christians of all denominations struggle with. What you will find is a truly pastoral leader encouraging his people to step out into the light of saving grace and shoulder the responsibility of living a generous and merciful life.