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From the beginning of Pope Francis's pontificate, Cardinal ₅scar Rodr̕guez Maradiaga has been at the center of the Holy Father's efforts to reform the Roman Curia and the church. This is clear in his role as moderator of the council of nine cardinals from around the world entrusted with the task of advising Francis on matters relating to church governance and Vatican reform. In Only the Gospel Is Revolutionary, Cardinal Maradiaga provides a unique, insider view of the pope's efforts, which has generated high hopes from Catholic leadership around the world, as well as opposition from within the Vatican itself. The book is also a very personal tale of the author's great friendship with Pope Francis. Maradiaga tells the story of his vocation and the great challenges he faces as a cardinal. Open-minded, smart, and courageous, Maradiaga speaks freely, unafraid to address current and thorny issues. These include women in the diaconate, the exercise of power within the church, the need for moral and merciful immigration policies, the issue of transparency in the management of the Vatican's funds, the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, the Vatileaks scandal, and a theological discussion about the infallibility of the pope. Through Cardinal Maradiaga's words, readers will gain fascinating new insights into Pope Francis's efforts to lead a church that is always on mission, and always "poor and for the poor."
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