The Pope Answers Letters from Children Around the World.
By Pope Francis.
If you could ask Pope Francis one question,
what would it be?
Children have questions and struggles just like adults, but rarely are
they given the chance to voice their concerns and ask the big questions resting
deep in their hearts. In Dear Pope Francis, Pope Francis gives them that chance
and celebrates their spiritual depth by directly answering questions from
children around the world.
Gathered from more than 250 submissions, 30 letters from children to Pope
Francis are answered in a picture book that feels akin to sitting in on a
series of intimate conversations. The letters, hand-written and illustrated,
are reproduced on left-hand pages, along with English translations and photos
of each child; the pope’s answers appear opposite. The questions can be
theologically intense (“If God loves us so much... why didn’t he defeat the
devil?”), deeply personal (Ivan, a 13-year-old from China, asks whether his
non-Catholic grandfather will go to heaven), or casual and blunt (“You are not
very young anymore,” begins one from Dutch twins Hannes and Lidewij). The
answers are rarely simple, but the pope writes respectfully and honestly, often
invoking larger spiritual and social concepts while the injustices of the
present are often represented, as well: “In today’s world there is so much
suffering. And, unfortunately, you know that firsthand,” Francis writes to a
Syrian boy, Mohammed.
A beautiful hardback book full of life and joy and colour - the perfect
gift for Christenings and Confirmations and for children or adults of all ages!
Pope Francis is the 266th and current Pope, the worldwide leader of the
Hardback / 72 pages / 250 x 250mm