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When the new pope stepped out onto the balcony on March 13, 2013, nobody could have imagined how this man in simple white vestments would capture the world's attention. Before he proclaimed the traditional blessing on those gathered in St. Peter's Square, he bowed his head and asked the people to pray for him. This single gesture told the world that this Pope would not just be proclaiming the teachings of Jesus and his church. Here was a man eager to listen and ready to engage the whole world in a conversation that is both ancient and fresh. The Wisdom of Pope Francis is a collection of his most inspiring, accessible, and challenging ideas. Journey with him through the year as he leads you deeper into the heart of God. Along the way, you will discover yourself in new and exciting ways, and develop a fresh understanding of what it means to be a member of the human family in the modern world. You could spend hundreds of hours reading the writings and speeches of Pope Francis, but here in your hands, you have the heart and soul of his message. With an outstanding introduction by Matthew Kelly— one of the great thought-leaders of our time— this collection has been carefully curated to provide you with a powerful experience. Read, reflect, and allow these words to transform you into a-better-version-of-yourself.