USCCB Launches Book Series on Pope Francis


The Simple Wisdom of Pope Francis Series, two brief books of homespun messages of Pope Francis, have been released by the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Communications Department. The first, on hope, is 66 pages; the second, on evangelization, is 73.

The books include papal remarks that have garnered worldwide media attention. Noted comments include:

Let us remember that whenever food is thrown out it is as if it were stolen from the table of the poor, from the hungry!”

To pray for those with whom we are angry is a beautiful step toward that law of love.

Never gossip about others, never! So much damage to the Church comes from division among Christians, from biases, from narrow interests.

Behave like Jesus. Always answer with love and with the power of truth.

The series of two books is available for $11.95 plus shipping, in individual and bulk copies. More information can be found at

The popularity of Pope Francis, who was elected in March, shows in huge attendance at his appearances in St. Peter’s Square, interest from mainstream media and his visibility in social media, where he has a Twitter account with more than 10 million followers.

The Austin, Texas-based Global Language Monitor recently reported from their annual survey of top terms used during 2013 that “Pope Francis” was the #1 proper name most talked about on the web.

Helen Osman, the U.S. bishops’ secretary for communications, noted the books are published in English in conjunction with the Vatican publishing house, Libreria Editrice Vaticana.

“USCCB is delighted to have the opportunity to launch this collection,” she said. “I am amazed at how Pope Francis translates great theological truths into everyday speech and images. His tone and expressions mark a new day in papal teaching. He reaches everyone and his words go well beyond the Catholic community.”