Pope Francis: Builder of Bridges

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Author: Emma Otheguy
Illustrator: Oliver Dominguez
Translator: Belén Agustina Sánchez
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: September 25th, 2018
ISBN English: 978-1681195605
ISBN Spanish: 978-1547600137
Ages 4-10

About the Book:


Pope Francis’s life and ground-breaking leadership are brought to life for young readers in this lyrical and inspirational picture book biography.


Jorge Bergoglio was a typical boy growing up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, jumping into pick-up soccer games and listening to lively music on the city streets. His grandma Rosa taught him the importance of doing good and inspired his passion to help others. This passion and years of hard work led him to become a Jesuit priest, a bishop, and then a cardinal.

And now the world knows Jorge by a different name–Pope Francis.

As the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis has focused on another word for pope: “pontiff,” a person who builds bridges to reach everyone, no matter who they are. Speaking out on the most important issues of our time, he has become an influential voice in our world–a true pontiff, a builder of bridges.

This story of how an ordinary boy became a beloved world leader will inspire and inform readers of all ages.