The Pocket Gospel: A Gift from Pope Francis

The faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Sunday Angelus on Sunday, April 6, will receive a special gift from the Holy Father:  a “pocket gospel.”

Several times in the past, Pope Francis has urged the faithful to carry a pocket-sized book of the Gospels and to read it often, meditating on Jesus’ words and deeds.

According to the Vatican Information Service,

To help put this suggestion into practice, and communicating a clear message, next Sunday during the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square, several thousand pocket-sized copies of the Gospel will be distributed free as a gift to the faithful at the behest of the Pope.

The initiative, similar to the distribution of the “Misericordinas” some months ago, will be implemented by the Almoner of His Holiness, with the collaboration of a number of volunteers: 150 scouts, seminarians from the Roman Seminary, the Sisters of Mother Teresa and other religious, and individuals. Indeed, it is the role of the Almoner to distribute charity, not only material but also spiritual, on behalf of the Pope.

The special edition book, which was printed by Vatican Typography, will not be available for sale.  It contains the four Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles, and begins with the Pope’s words from the Apostolic Exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium”:

“The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus”.

The book, which is destined to become a collector’s item, also includes instructions on how to recite the “Chaplet of Mercy” and the “Dear Jesus” prayer by Blessed Cardinal John H. Newman which Mother Teresa advised her sisters to pray daily.


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