Francis, Bishop of Rome: A Short Biography: Jorge Bergoglio on Heaven and Earth
By Fr Michael Collins
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This short and informative biography by Fr Michael Collins, Vatican expert and biographer of Pope Benedict XVI, explains in simple terms who Francis is, where he came from, and what the main influences on his life have been.
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Francis, Bishop of Rome: A Short Biography: Jorge Bergoglio on Heaven and Earth
Columba Press
8 May 2013
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Author Biography

Fr Michael Collins was born in Dublin in 1960, in the idyllic surroundings of Glenageary, South County Dublin in Ireland. It is a stoneas throw from the port town of Dun Laoghaire. His father, Jack, was an architect and his mother spent her time bringing up his sisters Geraldine and Paula, his brother David and Michael. He went to St. Conlethas College in Clyde Road, University College Dublin, where he graduated in Philosophy and Greek and Roman Civilisation and theology at Holy Cross College. He studied for the priesthood and was ordained in 1985. He held a number of pastoral appointments in the diocese of Dublin and followed postgradutate studies in Rome at the Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology. He taught at the American University of Rome, John Cabot University, Duquesne University Rome Campus and the Pontifical Institute Regina. Since 2011, he has been assistant priest in St. Maryas Haddington Road, a beautiful parish set on the fringe of Dublin city, the same parish he went to school in. Fr Collins has always loved the arts, especially music and painting. He sang with the Palestrina Choir of the Pro Cathedral for a number of years and both paint and read extensively in art subjects. He is a regular speaker at Literary Festivals and in 2009 spoke at the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival, the Throckmorton Literary Festival and the Bridport Literary Festival. 'Francis: Bishop of Rome' is his eith book, others include 'The Story of Christianity' (1999), The Fisherman's Net - The Influence of the Papacy on History (2003), Pope Benedict XVI (2010) and John Paul II (2011).