Where Does Pope Francis Pray? He Answers a Child’s Question

From DEAR POPE FRANCIS: The Pope Answers Letters from Children Around the World (Loyola Press; March 2016)

When children started sending letters to Pope Francis, the team at Loyola Press asked if they could gather the letters and asked the Holy Father if they could share his answers in a book. And he said yes (actually “¡Si!”). Over 259 letters were received from 26 countries on six continents. They were written in 14 different languages and the children writing them didn’t hold back. As Pope Francis himself said, “These questions are tough!” The following is one of the entries included in the book.

Dear Pope Francis 1

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Dear Pope Francis 2

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Loyola Press is a nonprofit Jesuit Ministry dedicated to service in education and spiritual growth since its founding in 1912. Online and in print, Loyola Press supports children’s faith formation and the spiritual development of adults on a wide variety of topics including prayer, Catholic life, and Ignatian Spirituality.

About the Author

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Pope Francis was once a child just like you. He was born on December 17, 1936, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He had two brothers and two sisters and they called him “Jorge,” though his full name was Jorge Mario Bergoglio. He was a regular child who liked to play soccer, go to school, and even dance the tango. When he was 21 years old, he decided to become a priest and was ordained in 1969. After many years of helping people in Argentina as a priest and later as a bishop, he was elected Pope in 2013. Pope Francis is the first Jesuit pope and the first pope from the Americas. Today he lives in the Vatican. (Did you know that the Vatican is its own country within Italy?) He loves to travel around the world meeting with people, especially children. Through his words and actions, Pope Francis wants children just like you to be inspired by mercy, joy, and a loving relationship with God.

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