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2016 interview with The Irish Times in Dublin:

April 21, 2016

The untold story of St Francis

"One of the first of many surprises when Pope Francis was elected head of the Church was that he chose the name Francis, after St Francis of Assisi, because he was “the man of poverty, the man of peace, the man who loves and protects creation”. Taking that name alone was a sign of what to expect from his pontificate. But what do we really know of St Francis, beyond the brown habit and the images of him with animals? Many of us..."

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Interview with Jon on Ave Maria Radio from 2014:

December 11, 2014

Lisa Hendey and Jon Sweeney

"Ken talks with Lisa Hendey the author of “The Grace of Yes: Eight Virtues for Generous Living” and Jon Sweeney author of “When Saint Francis Saved the Church: How a Converted Medieval Troubadour Created a Spiritual Vision for the Ages” (both published by Ave Maria Press) Lisa talks about pivotal moments of her own spiritual journey, and reflects candidly on real-life struggles, and the profound lingering grief she confronted at a Rwandan genocide memorial and the astounding willingness of survivors there to forgive..."

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June 2014 profile by Publishers Weekly:

June 11, 2014

Jon Sweeney: A Life in Books and On the Move

"Jon Sweeney can’t sit still. When not keeping his three-year-old daughter from climbing on bookcases, he's writing a column on hell for the Huffington Post; gathering research or writing a new book; speaking at churches, temples, and colleges on a range of topics, from popes to popular history; or steering a book through the publishing process in his role as publisher at Paraclete Press. Motivated by a love for organized religion and an insatiable desire to always be learning, Sweeney's religious evolution has been as peripatetic as his writing and publishing careers..."

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Praise from Anne Rice on her Facebook page:

May 24, 2014

Hell Is a Myth — Actually, a Bunch of Myths

"Great article on the myth of Hell by Jon M. Sweeney brought to the page by Justin Parke. Thanks, Justin. Sweeney has a new book out, 'Inventing Hell: Dante, the Bible and Eternal Torment.'"

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Jon on the "Research on Religion" podcast talking about Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life:

December 17, 2012

Jon M. Sweeney on “It’s A Wonderful Life”

"Every December, millions of people tune in to watch the quintessential Christmas classic, It’s A Wonderful Life. The iconic scenes of George Bailey (played by Jimmy Stewart) running through the town of Bedford Falls wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, and the ending where we hear an ornamental bell ringing to tell us that the hard-luck angel Clarence has finally received his wings, are familiar to almost everyone. Some critics have tagged the film with the moniker of “Capra-corn” in reference to its director — Frank Capra — and its over-the-top sentimentality. But is it more than just a movie that shamelessly pulls at our heartstrings? Is there..."

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