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Pope Francis writes book about St. John Paul II


There is a special link between Pope Francis and John Paul II. Not only was he the pope who made Jorge Mario Bergoglio a cardinal but, years later, it was Francis who decisively promoted the canonization process of John Paul II.

Now a new book gathers Pope Francis' reflections on Pope Wojtyla. It is titled "San Giovani Paolo Magno" and will be published Feb. 14. The volume is the result of the conversations that Pope Francis had with Fr. Luigi Maria Epicoco between June 2019 and January 2020. This work also has about some unpublished episodes about Pope Francis' own life.

Pope Francis likes the writings of this young priest and author very much. In December, the pope delivered one of Epicoco's books to all Curia members after the traditional speech he addressed at the end of the year.

Ángeles Conde
Translation: Melissa Butz