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Pope Francis and the new Vatican
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This beautiful book of photographs and essays highlights Pope Francis and his mission. The opening pages show the new Pope, ebullient, embracing a young man, touching the fingertips of a small girl, and addressing the crowds in St. Peter's Square. Four essays on the Vatican, tradition, change, and Pope Francis's own life are accompanied by stunning photos of the Vatican and the Pope interacting with religious orders and the throngs that come to see him, hear him, and touch him. There are chubby babies, teary eyes, processions of brides, and colorful pomp, all of which combine with the text to make a wonderful and satisfying tribute to the first Latin-American Pope, who has reached out to the entire world with his message: "Although the life of a person is a land full of thorns and weeds, there is always a space in which the good seed can grow." 140 color photos. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
National Geographic goes behind-the-scenes of the new papacy with unprecedented, exclusive access to Pope Francis. Embedded with the Pope inside the Vatican for 6 months, award-winning photographer David Yoder captures intimate moments in never-before-seen photographs presented here for the first time--including in the Sistine Chapel with the Pope alone on Christmas Day. These extraordinary images reveal the majesty and splendor of the Vatican alongside the humbleness of the man changing it--a compelling juxtaposition. The pontiff's public life and personal crusades are exposed as never before, as well as the inner workings of the Vatican--a uniquely powerful state.<br> <br> Complementary essays by acclaimed journalist and author Robert Draper--drawn from interviews around the world with many who had never spoken publicly before--insightfully cover Pope Francis's personal story, his journey to the papacy, and the heart of his ministry. The book also features a timeline, maps, and Pope Francis's most inspiring words of wisdom. <br> The "people's Pope" has electrified the world with his message of mercy and humility, energizing the Catholic Church and appealing to people of every faith. National Geographic's vivid reporting and world-class photography present a captivating view of Pope Francis and his remarkable papacy. This glorious celebration of the new pontiff is timed to coincide with his first visit to the U.S. and is a lasting keepsake of a historic event.
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