The Spirit of Saint Francis: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis


“Some people want to know why I wished to be called Francis. For me, Francis of Assisi is the man of poverty, the man of peace, the man who loves and protects creation.” 

— Pope Francis, March 16, 2013


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An original collection published in cooperation with the Vatican. 

This original collection brings the life and legacy of Saint Francis of Assisi to life through the Pope's uplifting and challenging words. By taking the name of one of the most venerated figures in Christendom, Pope Francis has set a high bar for his papacy.

With this book you will:

  • Learn about Franciscan ideals such as simplicity, forgiveness, and care for creation
  • Get short, but substantial homilies, addresses, and writings straight from Pope Francis
  • Be empowered with simple ways to renew your faith in everyday life


"Pope Francis is always so quotable that the challenge in a collection such as this is making smart choices. Fortunately, Alicia von Stamwitz is a (nearly) infallible guide!"

John L. Allen Jr., associate editor, Crux and Boston Globe

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