Pope Francis writing children’s book
Pope Francis, seen this week, is writing a children’s book based on letters he receives from concerned kids all over the world.
From kids’ lips to the Pope’s ears.
Pope Francis is addressing world problems by answering letters from children in a new book coming out next spring.
“Dear Pope Francis: The Pope Answers Letters from Children Around the World” will feature his Holiness responding to 30 handwritten notes from little ones ages six to 13, according to Jesuit publisher Loyola Press.
Some 259 kids from 26 countries, including the U.S., Syria, China, Albania and Kenya, sent in letters and artwork, project editor Tom McGrath told the Chicago Tribune.
The children were curious about many of the same things, including questions about Pope Francis, the afterlife, family matters and social injustices.
“Little kids have big questions,” McGrath told the Tribune. “They had no hesitation to go right to what was on their minds. There were a lot worried about ecology, worried about why there’s war. They wondered why there are people who are poor.”
Children were curious about the afterlife, family matters and social injustice.
The editor revealed the Pope’s replies to the letters they chose to include in the book are, “very charming and pastoral.”
Francis also often offers remarks on the artwork.
“He connects with children so well,” said McGrath.
English and Spanish versions will hit U.S. shelves on March 1, with seven other Jesuit publishers in Italy, Spain, Mexico, Poland, Indonesia, the Phillippines and India printing it in five additional languages.
Pope Francis has painted himself as a family man recently, such as urging Catholics in his St. Peter’s Square audience last week to put away smartphones and turn off the TV during family dinner.