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Pope Francis : His Impact on and Relevance for the Church and Society
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Edited by Dr. Kuruvilla Pandikattu.
Bibliographical Details xvi, 382 p. 24 cm.
Edition, Place & Publisher 1st ed. New Delhi, Christian World Imprints.
ISBN-10 9351482774
ISBN-13 9789351482772, 978-9351482772
Year of Publication 2018.
Further Details Commemorating Five Years of His Papacy. In Colloboration with Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune.
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This book is on Pope Francis' significant impact on the Church and the world. This is an edited work where about 27 Indian Christian theologians and philosophers have written articles on the general impact of the Pope on the contemporary Church. These articles, in general, are very appreciative of the new ambience that the Pope has brought in to the world at large. These scholarly presentations are meant to be read both by academicians and educated public.

The learned work is also meant to commemorate five years of the Pope's pontificate, which falls in March 2018. Its general features are: (1) Interdisciplinary in nature (philosophy, theology, social science, natural sciences); (2) Dialogical in character (the articles deal with perspectives from India in dialogue with the world church); (3) Creatively critical in spirit (most of the articles are appreciative of the Pope and critical at the same time).

The book, largely from the Indian context, tries to appreciate the life-affirming aspects of "Francis effect." It seeks to enhance the positive climate that Pope Francis has enabled for the Church worldwide, and especially in India, with its specific religious identities. Written by eminent Christian theologians and thinkers from all over India, this volume celebrates five years of Pope Francis' Papacy, which falls on March 13, 2018.



I. Historical Overview

1. Making of Popr Francis / Jacob Naluparayil

2. Pope Francis : Pontifex Maximus / Mathew Chandrankunnel

II. Pastoral Approach

3. A Rediscovery of the Gospel and the Discipleship : Enduring Impact of `Eavangelii Gaudium' / Thomas Padiyath

4. Pope Francis on Catholic Bioethics : The Impact and Significance / Jery Njaliath

5. The Era of Pope Francis : Break or Beginning? Pastoral Care of the Divorced and Remarried with an Open Ear and a Generous Heart / J. Charles Davis

6. Pope Francis' Moral and Pastoral Approach in `Amoris Laetitia' / George Therukaattil

III. Building Bridges

7. Gazing at Our World with God's Eyes of Mercy : Pope Francis' Theological Vision / Francis Gonsalves

8. The Pilgrim Church Building Bridges with the Modern World / Antony D'Cruz J. O. Praem

9. Embracing the Laity : The Vision of Pope Francis / A. Pushparajan

10. Reinventing Religious Life : The Challenge of Pope Francis / Rajakumar Joseph

IV. Dialogue as Way of Life

11. Dialoguing with Religions : The Impact of Pope Francis on `Inter-Cultural and Inter-Faith Interactions' / John Peter Vallabadoss

12. Dialoguing with Science : Science and Religion for Human Growth / S. Stephen Jayard

13. Ian Barbour's Models for Science-Religion Dialogue : A Re-reading Inspired by Pope Francis / Gregory Mathew Malayil

V. Listening to the Cry of the Poor

14. Pope Francis' Challenge : Listening to the Cry of the Marginalized / Paul Thelakat

15. Pope Francis' Plea : Critiquing the Capitalist Order / Victor Ferrao

16. Pope Francis' Mission : Prophetic Commitment / Mariapushpam Paul Raj

17. Is Pope a Communist? A Critical Response / Francis Arackal

VI. Protecting Environment

18. `Laudato Si' : Its Trinitarian and Christological Dimensions / Jacob Parappally

19. `Laudato Si' : Its Philosophical Foundation / Thomas Kalary

20. `Laudato Si' : Eco Vision of Pope Francis / Isaac Parackal

VII. Servant Leadership

21. Pope Francis : His Leadership Style and Impact / Kurien Kunnumpuram

22. Pope Francis : Making of a New History of Church Leadership / Errol A. D'Lima

23. Relationality as the Paradigm of Pope Francis' Leadership / Joseph A. D'Mello

24. Pope Francis, the Game-Changer : From the Top-Down Tradition to Down-Up, Communication Approach / Job Kozhamathadam

VIII. Enduring Impact

25. Pope Francis : The `How' and `Why' of His Impact / Johnson J. Puthenpurackal

26. The New Pope : Analysing the Shift in the Indian Media's Coverage of the Papacy / Ananya Dutta and Gayatri Mendanha

27. "Guided by Prayer and Humility" : A Case Study on the Comments on a Provocative Article on Pope Francis / Kuruvilla Pandikattu

Our Contributors

Dr. Kuruvilla Pandikattu SJ (born 1957-) is Professor of Physics, Philosophy and Religion at Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune, India, since 1996. He has three Masters' Degrees in Physics and Philosophy and two Doctorates in Philosophy and Theology to his credit. He has been actively involved in science-religion dialogue; transhumanism; viable human life-style and philosophical anthropology, Author of more than 36 books and 172 academic articles, Pandikattu is a Jesuit priest belonging to Dumka-Raiganj Province, India. He has been involved in organising more than 20 national and international conferences on science-religion dialogue. He has visited more than 15 countries and attended more than 100 conferences on Philosophy, Theology and Science-Religion Dialogue. He has been in the editorial board of five philosophical/religious journals. His main topics of research are: Anthropology, Eschatology and Transhumanism.

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