Mark Kennedy Shriver ‘86 Presents New Book on Pope Francis’ Pilgrimage

On Nov. 30, College of the Holy Cross alumnus Mark K. Shriver ’86, president of Save the Children Action Network and nephew of President John F. Kennedy, spoke in the Hogan Ballroom about his new book, “Pilgrimage: My Search for the Real Pope Francis” (Random House, Nov. 29, 2016). The talk was sponsored by the Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J., Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture at Holy Cross.

In the book, Shriver retraces Pope 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 and to Ignatian spirituality. To help us understand how Father 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 reforming bishop. Shriver also draws upon his own life, to moments that formed and tested the foundation of his faith, including his years at Holy Cross.

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