Dear Pope Francis

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Dear Pope Francis

The Pope Answers Letters from Children Around the World


New York Times best seller
2017 Book of the Year, Association of Catholic Publishers
Catholic Press Association Book Awards, 2017
Independent Press Award, 2017
International Book Award Winner, 2016
Lectio Book Award, 2016
Moonbeam Award, 2016

If you could ask Pope Francis one question, what would it be?

Small children have BIG questions. Some are fun. Some are serious. And some will quietly break your heart. In Dear Pope Francis, the Pope’s first book for children, he personally responds to 30 questions from children all over the world. With his optimistic heart, Pope Francis writes with an honesty that will impact every reader long after the final page is turned. Illuminating and inspiring, Dear Pope Francis is a lasting book with a universal message for children and adults.

Available in Spanish.

Your family can write a letter to Pope Francis, too!

Free downloadable resources to use Dear Pope Francis in the classroom!

Learn more about this book and when the letter writers met Pope Francis in Rome!

What Parents and Teachers Are Saying About Dear Pope Francis:

“I purchased one for my 8-year old God-daughter’s First Holy Communion. My 12-year old daughter perused it and loved it SO much I needed to purchase one for her as well as an Easter gift.”

“This book left me in tears. The questions are so touching and the answers are beautiful. I bought this for our parish library. It is a book for children, but I think adults should read it too.”

“I have been buying this book for my godchildren because it’s so amazing. The Pope’s responses are so sweet and sometimes profound. This book is totally worth it.”

“Best book I’ve ever purchased for our son. It was a gift for his First Holy Communion. I wanted to inspire him to continue learning and asking questions about his faith, and it did just that. Our son is 9, though I've learned quite a bit, too!”

“The best Christian book for children that I've read in ages. I am giving one to each member of my family.”

“Very insightful and cute. Will work great to read one each class at our faith formation classes.”

“Bought as a First Communion book for our son and he has read and reread this several times. Great book for a Catholic kid, or actually any kid!”

Extras: ABC News Video

Pope Francis 

Pope Francis is the first Jesuit Pope, the first pope from the Americas, and his papacy is defined by his emphasis on mercy, service, and humility.

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