Margaret's Night in St. Peter's (A Christmas Story) (Pope's Cat Series #2)

Margaret's Night in St. Peter's (A Christmas Story) (Pope's Cat Series #2)


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Margaret — The Pope's Cat — is back! Illustrated in full color.

Bang! Slam! Boom!
Loud sounds in St. Peter's Square had been going on for nearly an hour already. Margaret was annoyed, because as you may know, cats like to sleep. A lot.

The apartment where Margaret lives with the Pope, ever since he adopted her off the streets of Rome, looks out onto St. Peter’s Square. And the noises down there kept waking Margaret up.

She rolled over, covering her ears with her paws.

A few minutes later, the sounds began again, as more trucks arrived to unload even more chairs. Beep, beep, beep, beep went the trucks as they backed up to where men in yellow jackets were waiting to unload them. Then came Bang! Slam! Boom! all over again, as the men arranged the chairs in rows facing the portico of St. Peter’s Basilica.

All of this was in preparation for a special event to take place the following day, Christmas.


In this delightful new story from their lives, the Pope takes Margaret on a tour of St. Peter's. But when he's called away to work, Margaret gets lost in the world's largest church. She meets saints, children, tourists, and the artist Michelangelo's famous statue, The Pieta, before being reunited with the Pope as Midnight Mass is about to begin.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612619361
Publisher: Paraclete Press
Publication date: 10/01/2018
Series: Pope's Cat Series , #2
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 272,172
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)
Age Range: 6 - 10 Years

About the Author

Jon M. Sweeney's popular history The Pope Who Quit has been optioned by HBO. He's the author of thirty other books including The Complete Francis of Assisi and When Saint Francis Saved the Church, winner of an award in history from the Catholic Press Association. He lives in Milwaukee with his wife and daughters.

Roy DeLeon is an Oblate of Saint Benedict, spiritual director, yoga instructor, graphic designer, and professional visual artist in Seattle. He is also author of Praying with the Body.

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“This beautiful book is a love letter to the church, to Christmas, to Rome, and to St. Peter's Basilica—and not just for children!” -James Martin, SJ 

“What could be more endearing than a charming and curious stray cat? It could only be the cat that’s been adopted by the pope and has free run of the Vatican at Christmastime: Margaret! This enchanting and beautifully illustrated storybook will tickle your fancy! I highly recommend it to children and adults alike!” -Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle, EWTN TV host and author of Angels for Kids and Our Lady’s Message to Three Shepherd Children and the World

“Have you ever wished you could celebrate the wonder of Christmas within the beauty of the Vatican? Take a step inside St. Peter's Basilica with the Pope's special friend Margaret the cat and see the Church's celebration of the Nativity with fresh eyes and a glowing heart. Jon Sweeney playfully invites us into another adventure featuring exquisite color illustrations by Roy DeLeon. Sensational!” -Lisa M. Hendey, founder of and author of the Chime Travelers series


Young readers ages 6-9

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