Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Saturday 18 September |
Saint of the Day: Bl. Daudi Okelo and Bl. Jildo Irwa
home iconChurch
line break icon

New kids’ board book by Pope Francis recommends to dance now while you’re small!

POPE FRANCIS SAYS

Sheree Boyd | Loyola Press

Kathleen N. Hattrup - published on 02/18/20

Cardinal Tagle says it reminds him of his own childhood in the Philippines, where every evening his mother would read books to the children 

A sweet children’s board book by Pope Francis compiles brief texts from the Holy Father to emphasize the message that children are the hope of the world.

Pope Francis says … from Loyola Press (published in Italian as “I Bambini sono speranza”: Children are hope) includes texts selected by Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro, director of La Civiltà Cattolica magazine. The book was illustrated by Sheree Boyd, who also illustrated Dear Pope Francis, a children’s book published in English in 2016.




Read more:
Pope Francis Shares His Spiritual Fatherhood in Children’s Book

The book was launched in the Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital with Cardinal Luis Tagle,  the new prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

Introducing the volume, Cardinal Tagle said that “where there are no children, there is no future.”

The book, he said, is “a breath of fresh air” as it is full of images of joy, energy, and life. He said it reminds him of his own childhood in the village of Imus in the Philippines, where the family had no television set and where every evening his mother would read simple books to the children.

He noted that in the book the pope speaks directly to children, choosing simple words that invite them to be generous, to not be afraid to cry, to do good in life, but also to smile and to dance for joy.

“You and I can make the Earth a more beautiful place” and “the best way to win a conflict is not to start it,” are among the pope’s words chosen to make up the text of the volume.

On the very first page, Pope Francis says, “When I see a child like you, I feel so much hope in my heart”; next to it is a mirror in which the child sees his or her own reflection.

Enjoy this slideshow of tender moments shared by Pope Francis and children


CARDINAL TAGLE

Read more:
Filipino Cardinal Tagle shares his own migrant story with UN audience

Tags:
ChildrenPope Francis

Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
Kathleen N. Hattrup
Pope considers what to do with pro-abortion Catholic politicians
2
communion
Philip Kosloski
How receiving Holy Communion can drive away demons
3
Berthe and Marcel
Lauriane Vofo Kana
This couple has the longest marriage in France
4
CROSS
Philip Kosloski
Why is the feast of the Holy Cross celebrated on September 14?
5
Mathilde De Robien
How a lost masterpiece of sacred art was discovered thanks to chi...
6
Kathleen N. Hattrup
On same-sex unions, Pope says Church doesn’t have power to change...
7
SAINT ANTHONY OF PADUA
Philip Kosloski
This prayer to St. Anthony is said to have “never been known to f...
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.