The UAE is all abuzz with thrill and excitement, anticipating the visit of Pope Francis. The Vatican’s Pope had duly accepted the invitation of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi to participate in the International Inter-Faith meeting on ‘Human Fraternity. To respect and welcome the legendary Pope, UAE has launched a kids book called ‘Meet Pope Francis in the UAE’.
Meet Pope Francis in the UAE
The book vividly explains the significance of the visit of Pope Francis to the UAE, spiritual values for our lives and the church. It also explains the role of the Pope, his ministry and the reason he travels for peace, living in harmony, to respect others and for the creation. The kids book is designed as a sticker guide and helps children to learn about the life of Pope Francis and his spiritual journey to becoming a Pope. However, each child attending Catechism in the parishes of UAE will be receiving a free copy of the book on 18 January, 2019. Parishioners can get a copy for a nominal contribution of Dhs 5. Total 50,000 copies of the book are printed. It is a production of the Bayard subsidiary ‘Living in Faith’, published by Tranzmedia Netvision Private Limited, India’s leading web, media and publication company focused on Church resources.
Who is Pope Francis?
The Vatican’s Pope was born as Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Buenos Aires, Argentina on December 17, 1936 to an Italian immigrant couple. As a boy, he earned a chemical technician’s diploma from high school. At the age of 21, he fell sick with pneumonia, and part of his right lung was removed. He entered the Jesuit novitiate and was vowed as a Jesuit in March 1960. Later he was ordained a priest at the age of 32 on December 13, 1969. After a few years, he was ordained as auxiliary bishop of Buenos Aires and then the archbishop six years later. He became cardinal on 2001, and in March 2013, he was elected Pope, taking the name Francis. He is the first Pope from the Americas, the first Jesuit, the 266th Pope and the 265th successor to St. Peter.