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Is Pope Francis For Real?
Vatican insider provides insightful fragments from the writings and talks of the Holy Father

Contact: Kevin Wandra, 404-788-1276

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 12, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Perhaps nobody in the world has more access to the life and writings of the beloved Pope Francis than Andrea Tornielli, who is best known as the foremost "Vatican insider" journalist. In his new book, FIORETTI: THE LITTLE FLOWERS OF POPE FRANCIS, Tornielli offers inspiring stories, incidents, encounters and excerpts from the writings and talks of Pope Francis through his first year as pope.

Tornielli, a Vatican correspondent for the highly regarded Italian newspaper La Stampa, provides a powerful witness by Pope Francis of "heartwarming stories of the Gospel in action," and reflects on various spiritual and social themes important to the pope, including mercy, forgiveness, charity, prayer, justice, the Eucharist, Our Lady and much more.

The pope's little gestures and big ones, the minor or major choices that he has made each day, his ability to meet everyone and to speak to everyone, his simple way of being himself, have made Francis not only credible, but above all, close. Pope Francis is perceived by many people throughout the world as "one of us," given his propensity for embracing the sick, the suffering and children, among others.

FIORETTI: THE LITTLE FLOWERS OF POPE FRANCIS echoes the Little Flowers of Saint Francis, the famous collection of stories about the beloved Francis of Assisi, whose name the Pope adopted for himself.

Tornielli's work offers a wonderful collection of insightful fragments from various aspects of the life of the Pope in his first year that will help the reader become better acquainted with the immensely popular Bishop of Rome who came "from the end of the earth."

"Pope Francis is a man with an extraordinary eye for beauty hidden in the ordinary; for seeing the smile of God in the simple, the practical, and the everyday course of human affairs," says Most. Rev. Charles J. Chaput, archbishop of Philadelphia. "Andrea Tornielli has created a wonderful little volume that perfectly captures this Pope's heart and thinking."

For more information, to request a review copy or to schedule an interview with Andrea Tornielli, please contact Kevin Wandra (404-788-1276 or KWandra@CarmelCommunications.com) of Carmel Communications.