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Book – The Name of God Is Mercy

Eleanor McCloskey, CND

The Name of God Is Mercy. (Random House: 2016. 150 pages). 

This little book has come from an interview of Pope Francis with Vatican reporter Andrea Tornielle. It relates Pope Francis’ candid and clear responses to questions about why it was important to him to proclaim a Year of Mercy. He says, “Mercy is the first attribute of God.”(p. 62) and “There are no situations we cannot get out of….” (p. 85). “Mercy has become living and visible in Jesus of Nazareth.” (105) and “God forgives, not with a decree, but with a caress. (xvi). Questions are brief and clear and the Pope’s responses are simply voiced. I personally found it necessary to keep moving past the translator’s constant use of male pronouns for God. I don’t know Spanish or Italian; perhaps these words are a non-issue in languages other than English. 


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