Among the new titles from CTS for Summer 2013 comes a collection of the words of the Holy Father during his first days as bishop of Rome, in First Addresses of Pope Francis.
They include the first Urbi et Orbi given by Pope Francis from the central Loggia of St Peter’s Basilica; his Audience with the Media Representatives; First Angelus Address; homily during the Inaugural Mass on the Feast of St Joseph; Homily during Palm Sunday Mass, Good Friday: Way of the Cross at the Colosseum; Homily during the Easter Vigil on 30 March.
First Addresses of Pope Francis has an insightful 2,500 word Introduction by leading Catholic journalist, writer and broadcaster, Peter Jennings, Press Secretary to the Most Reverend Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham, which captures the immediacy and excitement of the historic election of the first Pope from Latin America, the first Jesuit Pope, and the first to take the name Francis after St Francis of Assisi.
Archbishop Bernard Longley gave an enthusiastic welcome to the publication. He said:
“I congratulate the Catholic Truth Society on the imagination and understanding that it has shown in gathering together the First Addresses of Pope Francis delivered by the Holy Father during the first two months of his pontificate. They offer us the earliest indications of Pope Francis’ priorities and his sense of the Church’s mission. They also give us uplifting insights into the humanity and spirituality of our new Holy Father.
This little booklet will always be a memento of the early days of Pope Francis’ ministry and will encourage us to pray for the Holy Father as he serves the Church with such a generous heart.”
H E Nigel Baker, British Ambassador to the Holy See, also added his praise for the new booklet saying:
“Much, already, has been written about Pope Francis. We all think we know him. This booklet encourages us to step back from the commentary and return to what Pope Francis actually said in the first few weeks of his Pontificate. One of the things I have learned since taking up my appointment as Ambassador to the Holy See is that everyone has an opinion, but few take care to study the original source.”
Read an extract from the booklet First Addresses of Pope Francis, and order online from CTS for just £2.50.
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