The Tweetable Pope and the Francis Effect

Two new books are set to be released on Pope Francis that should be of great interest to many Millennial readers.

The first is The Francis Effect: A Radical Pope’s Challenge to the American Catholic Church by John Gehring. Publishers Weekly writes:

Gehring, Catholic director at the advocacy group Faith in Public Life, presents a well-researched work that features dozens of Catholic voices driving the conversation about Pope Francis and his universal call for a radical embrace of the Gospel. Gehring is a veteran journalist who digs for the nuances at the heart of a story; in a media climate often filled with suspicion and polarization, it is refreshing to read something with true journalistic integrity…. Anyone curious about where the Catholic Church is headed in the 21st century will be fascinated by Gehring’s take.

41owXR2FmeL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_The second is The Tweetable Pope: A Spiritual Revolution in 140 Characters by Michael O’Loughlin of Crux. Advanced praise has come from Fr. James Martin:

“Mike O’Loughlin is one of the most talented young Catholic writers today. His theological training and journalistic skills make him an astute observer of the church. His new book, examining Pope Francis’s daily Tweets from a spiritual standpoint, is sure to be valuable addition to reflections on this extraordinary pope.”

Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, CEO of Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation, has also praised the book:

“To say that Pope Francis is reaching millions with his tweets is a statistic. To explain why he is reaching millions is authentic education and new evangelization. O’Loughlin masterfully offers the background, context and foreground of Pontifex’s brilliant method of communicating with the world.”


Both will be released in the next month and are currently available for pre-order.