Fioretti: The Little Flowers of Pope Francis (Ignatius Press, 2014)

Almost a thousand years ago, God commanded St. Francis, ‘Rebuild my Church.’ And through a collection of stories, sayings, and colorful anecdotes—the original Little Flowers—we discovered how St. Francis did it. Andrew Tornielli introduces those same flowery scents, hints of the aroma of Christ, wafting throughout Pope Francis’ first year. His new book is full of memorable anecdotes and insightful reflections, which will help you sense the fragrance of this new Francis.

Pope Francis LIVE on YouTube with Students from Five Continents

This morning, at 10:45am ET, Pope Francis hosted a Live Google Hangout on YouTube where he spoke with children from five continents.

(If you missed the live stream, just click above to view the archived video.)

This first-ever live video chat between youth and the Holy Father lasted about twenty minutes. It was hosted by Scholas Occurentes, a global network of schools and educational institutions launched by Pope Francis last year through the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

According to their website, Scholas Occurentes is “an education entity…where technology, arts and sports are used to encourage social integration and the culture of encounter”.

While there was no set agenda for the live chat conversation, the Pope conversed casually, mostly in Spanish, with five young people, each representing a different continent.

My Vatican Radio Interview on Pope Francis, Social Justice, and the Saints


Last week I was interviewed on Vatican Radio about my new book, Saints and Social Justice: A Guide to Changing the World. It was short—only about six minutes long—but we covered lots of topics including Pope Francis, social justice, and the saints.

Listen by clicking below!

(If the audio player doesn’t work, click here to download or stream the MP3.)

“The Church of Mercy” Book Giveaway!

“Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.” – St. Augustine

Since I’ve built up a large collection of extra books and resources, every week I give some away absolutely free, no strings attached.

Each giveaway lasts seven days with a new one beginning every Friday. You can enter any time during the week. Check out my past giveaways here.

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Thanks to the good folks at Loyola Press, today I’m giving away FIVE copies of a magnificent new book by Pope Francis titled The Church of Mercy: A Vision for the Church.

The Church of Mercy: A Vision for the Church

by Pope Francis

Loyola Press, 200 pages, paperback
Released on April 25, 2014

The Church of MercyIn the year since he was elected, Pope Francis’s simple message of mercy, service, and renewal has spread to every corner of the world. Through his gentle demeanor, selfless actions, and welcoming call for service to others, Pope Francis has captured the attention of a world longing for an authentic message of hope—we want to hear what he has to say.

Collected from Pope Francis’s speeches, homilies, and papers presented during the first year of his papacy, The Church of Mercy is the first Vatican-authorized book detailing his vision for the Catholic Church. From how to be citizens of the world to answering God’s call for evangelization, Pope Francis’s deep wisdom reminds us that the Church must move beyond its own walls and joyfully bring God’s mercy wherever suffering, division, or injustice exists.

Named TIME Magazine’s 2013 “Person of the Year,” Pope Francis is helping the Church continue toward an authentic Christianity that is faithful to the Gospel and resonant with the world’s greatest needs. The Church of Mercy encourages each of us to ignite the flame within to help share the light of Christ and revitalize the Church.



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