Pope Answers Kids' Most Pressing Questions in Adorable New 'Dear Pope Francis' Book
At any given moment, every child has a million questions — about life, the world, what's for dinner, if they can have a snack . . . no, a different snack — but kids all around the world were put to the test when they were asked, "If you could ask Pope Francis one question, what would it be?" Tons of children handwrote notes in crayon, marker, and pencil to the pope, and he sent responses — covering a number of topics — back to them. Now you and your little ones can check them out in an adorable children's book titled Dear Pope Francis ($19).
In the book, the 30 letters from the children that were chosen are shown side by side with the thoughtful and inspiring responses they received from the pope, like this one in response to the question, "Who did you want to be at my age (8)?"
I have to admit something. When I was your age, I wanted to be a butcher. Now don't be astonished. You know why? I used to go to the market with my grandmother, and I'd see a butcher I liked. He was a large fellow, and he had a long apron with a big pocket in front. When my grandma would pay, he would put his hands in the big pocket. It was full of money, and he would give the change to my grandma. I thought he was a very rich man. All this really affected me, and I wanted to be like him. It's funny, but I have to confess this to you.
Even though the letters came from 26 countries on six continents, many of the common themes in the children's letters will show your own kids that we have things in common with people all over the globe. Pope Francis believes that children are the future and that their voices should be heard, which makes this very special book even more meaningful, regardless of your personal beliefs.
Read through for a selection of pages from the book, which is available now.