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Pope answers children's questions in new book

February 25, 2016

The Italian house Rizzoli has published a new book that contains 31 letters to Pope Francis from children all around the world, together with the Pontiff's replies.

L'Amore Prima del Mondo--available now only in Italian, but soon to be published in other languages-- is the result of a collaboration between the Pope and Father Antonio Spadaro, the editor of La Civilta Cattolica. Father Spadaro collected the letters from children-- including also some drawings that the children sent to the Holy Father-- and the Pope's replies.

In the book the Pope answers questions on a wide range of topics, including the problem of evil and free will, the tragedy of war, the habits of prayer, and his own love for soccer. Questioned about what aspect of his work he finds most difficulty, the Pontiff replies that "the type of decision that is most difficult for me is to remove someone from a responsible job or a position of truth, or a path they are following, for reasons of unsuitability." 


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  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Feb. 25, 2016 6:08 PM ET USA

    Hopefully this is less controversial than his airline press conferences.