- Title: Latest book released by Pope Francis, shows insight into papacy
- Date: 10th November 2016
- Summary: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (FILE - FEBRUARY 13, 2013) (REUTERS) CARDINAL JORGE BERGOGLIO, ARCHBISHOP OF BUENOS AIRES, CELEBRATING MASS CHOIR BOY WAVING INCENSE VARIOUS BERGOGLIO SPEAKING TO FAITHFUL
- Embargoed: 25th November 2016 14:46
- Keywords: Pope book Argentina Francis
- Location: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA/ROME, ITALY AND VATICAN CITY
- City: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA/ROME, ITALY AND VATICAN CITY
- Country: Italy
- Topics: Religion/Belief,Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA00157V4FVD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:The latest book by Pope Francis was released in Italy on Thursday (November 10) grouping together a collection of homilies made by the pontiff when he was still an Archbishop in Argentina from 1999-2013.
The Italian title of the book "Nei tuoi occhi e la mia parola" translates in English as "In your Eyes is my Word" and it explains the importance to the pope of not simply reading written works to a congregation but being able to look into the eyes of a congregation whilst preaching. A homily is normally a reflection based on the scriptures and is read during mass.
Jesuit priest Father Antonio Spadaro interviewed Pope Francis and wrote the introduction to the book.
"Pope Francis preached in front of the people, not just reading a text but trying to build bridges with people, so looking at their eyes" Spadaro said.
"So this book is kind of a witness of this deep relationship with the people and so reading it means to enter into our relationship, a living relationship between him and the people," he explained.
Spadaro said that reading the homilies and interviewing the pope had allowed him to understand the mission Pope Francis is currently trying to carry out, that of communicating openly with people.
"....talking with him in my interview I realised that he gave me a lot of energy and a great ability to understand what he is doing now as a pope," Spadaro said.
Jorge Bergoglio, as he was known before becoming pope, was made Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998 and was then made Cardinal in 2001. He was elected as the first pope from Latin America in March 2013.
His latest book, published by Rizzoli, is currently only available in Italian but is expected to be released in other languages in the future.
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