This volume contains a wealth of reflections and quotations from Pope Francis for each day of the year. With topics ranging from personal spiritual gems to discipleship, ecology, prayer, human rights, and advice on living a more fully devoted Christian life, these readings will inspire readers in their simplicity and purity of heart.
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Alberto Rossa, CMF, has been a priest in the Congregation of Missionaries Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary for over 50 years. He started Claretian Publications in Macau, China, and he serves as a representative of the diocese at the Catholic University of Macau. He also wrote Basic Ecclesial Communities: The Stand of Third-World Bishops.
Pope Francis was born Jorge Bergoglio in 1936. A Jesuit, he was ordained to the priesthood in 1969 and served many different posts before becoming archbishop in his native Buenos Aires in 1998. He was appointed cardinal by Pope Saint John Paul II in 2001. He became the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church in 2013, following the retirement of Benedict XVI, and chose the papal name of Francis after St. Francis of Assisi. His first encyclical is Lumen Fidei.
Pope Francis is known for the simplicity and informality with which he conducts his leadership of the Church, and was named “Person of the Year” in 2013 by Time magazine. His life and teachings emphasize humility, love for the poor, and interfaith connection. He has written several books in Spanish, including On Heaven and Earth, which was translated into English.