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'Person of the Year' Pope Francis Brings Love of Christ to All, Meeting People Where They Are

Contact: Christine Valentine-Owsik, 215-230-8095, cowsik@osv.com

HUNTINGTON, Ind., Dec. 12, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ -- Like Christ conversing with townsmen on the Road to Emmaus, or shore-side asking fishermen about their catch, Pope Francis has come to be seen as a man for all -- not just for Catholics, or believers -- but for anyone and everyone.

The Church teaches that no one is created by accident, that all are loved and hold God-given purpose, even the most marginalized ... the homeless, the hated, the disavowed, criminals, the sick and the poor. A pope who befriends the destitute on the streets of Rome, or who embraces the severely disfigured and diseased, brings that message home in a whole new way.

Our Sunday Visitor, the world's largest English-language Catholic publisher and disseminator of news and writings by and about Pope Francis, congratulates the Pontiff as the world's "new voice of conscience," and offers several top theologians, editors and authors for commentary on Francis' positions and actions -- even when they might seem at odds with his office and the Church. Media can request interviews with the following experts:

  • Gregory Erlandson -- President and Publisher, Our Sunday Visitor Publishing
  • Dr. Matthew Bunson -- theologian and author of the first definitive biography on the pontiff, Pope Francis (Our Sunday Visitor, 2013); editor of The Catholic Answer magazine
  • Gretchen Crowe -- Editor of the only national weekly Catholic newspaper in the U.S., OSV Newsweekly

See Our Sunday Visitor's video tribute to Pope Francis here:

Contact: Christine V. Owsik, publicist for Our Sunday Visitor at: 215-230-8095, cowsik@osv.com

The world's largest English-language Catholic publisher, Our Sunday Visitor serves millions of Catholics globally through its publishing, offertory, and communication services. Established in 1912, Our Sunday Visitor publishes a wide range of books including Bibles, biographies of the saints, books by Pope Francis, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, children's books, devotionals, bible studies, inspirational works, and curriculum. Our Sunday Visitor is a not-for-profit organization, returning a portion of net earnings back to the Catholic community through the Our Sunday Visitor Institute.  For more information, visit