Starting December 5 in bookstores, readers have been able to find books with the texts of Pope Francis’ morning homilies, his Wednesday catechesis and his Sunday Angelus addresses, as well as his Letter to Consecrated People, and the important speeches he made during his recent travels to Strasbourg, France, and to Turkey.
The Vatican Publishing House has published five new books about Pope Francis’ activities: Message of Hope and Unity; Apostolic Letter to All Consecrated People on the Occasion of the Year of Consecrated Life; Morning Homilies, Part 4; Mercy Changes the Heart, and In Faith and Charity.
Message of Hope and Unity contains the speeches made by the Pope to the European Parliament and the Council of Europe, during his visit to Strasbourg on November 25, and ends with the press conference held on his return flight to Rome.
The book Apostolic Letter to All Consecrated People on the Occasion of the Year of Consecrated Life includes not only his letter, but also presents the Pope’s message for the opening of the year, on November 30, and the Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary “which establishes what must be undertaken, to achieve the gift of indulgences for the Year of Consecrated Life.”
Morning Homilies #4 contains Francis’ comments on the readings and Gospel during his Masses celebrated at 7 in the morning in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae in the Vatican, from July 7 to November 27, 2014, as they appeared daily in the newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano.
Mercy Changes the Heart contains the Pope’s addresses at the reciting of the Angelus prayer, from Sunday, July 6, 2014 to the General Audience of Wednesday, November 26, 2014. There are 38 texts, including the catecheses at the audiences after his trip to Korea and Albania, the cycle dedicated to the Church, and the Pope’s moving Angelus addresses on All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.
In Faith and Charity gathers the speeches Pope Francis made during his apostolic trip to Turkey, on November 28 to 30, visiting Ankara and Istanbul. Readers can find his greetings to reporters during the Rome-Ankara flight, the press conference on the return flight, the meetings with Turkish authorities, the homily for the Mass in the Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Istanbul, as well as the ecumenical prayers in the patriarchal Church of St. George and the ecumenical prayer and joint declaration with Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.
These last three volumes are part of the series The Words of Pope Francis, which already has 11 other titles: Please Pray for Me, Do Not Steal the Hope, The Joy of Evangelizing, It Is Good for Us to Be Here, Morning Homilies #1, Walk Along the Paths of Peace, Morning Homilies #2, Jesus Always Awaits Us, The Sources of Faith, Let Us Open the Light of the Lord, and Morning Homilies #3.