A new children’s book is on the way from a somewhat unlikely source: Pope Francis, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church. In his book, Francis will take the time to answer letters written to him by children around the world. Loyola Press, a publishing company run by the Jesuit order of Catholic priests, will publish the book.
Dear Pope Francis: The Pope Answers Letters from Children Around the World will feature 30 hand-written notes from children between the ages of six and 13. The notes are drawn from 26 different countries, including the United States, Syria, China, and others.
Each letter in the book will be followed by a thoughtful response from his Holiness. The Pope will answer a diverse range of questions, fielding queries about the afterlife, war, and even himself.
English and Spanish versions of Dear Pope Francis: The Pope Answers Letters from Children Around the World will be available in hardcover in the United States on March 1, 2016. Translations into five other languages will follow, with Jesuit publishers in India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, the Philippines, Poland, and Spain all planning to publish editions in their own countries.
This isn’t the first unique project from Pope Francis: earlier this year, he released a religious pop-rock album called “Wake Up!”