Last week in Rome, Pope Francis held a private audience for twelve of the children whose letters and drawings appear in his first and only children’s book, Dear Pope Francis: The Pope Answers Letters from Children Around the World (Loyola Press; March 1, 2016; hardcover).
The children who met with Pope Francis hail from China, Argentina, Belgium, Australia, Singapore, Kenya, the United States, Canada, the Philippines, India, and Ireland.
And in the private meeting, they each presented Pope Francis with gifts from their homeland, sang him a song, and had the opportunity to ask him questions in person.
In exchange, Pope Francis greeted and blessed them individually and presented them with a copy of the book. The children were also treated to a tour of Rome, along with members of their family.
Dear Pope Francis consists of the Pope’s personal responses to thirty hand-written letters and drawings from children ages six to thirteen from every region of the globe.
With Dear Pope Francis, the pope reveals that even small children have big questions about the world—and beyond. Developed as an international Jesuit project, Dear Pope Francis will be published simultaneously by twelve Jesuit publishers in eleven countries.
Loyola Press is a nonprofit Jesuit Ministry dedicated to service in education and spiritual growth since its founding in 1912.
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