Large Italian Publishing House Launches Weekly Dedicated to Pope Francis

«Il Mio Papa» Will Have Initial Print Run of 3 Million Copies

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A large Italian publishing house is to produce a weekly magazine dedicated entirely to Pope Francis and his pontificate.

Mondadori, the country’s largest book and magazine publisher, is publishing “Il Mio Papa,” a colourful magazine with an initial print run of 3 million copies.

Aldo Vitali, the magazine’s editor, said the idea for a magazine, which will share the Pope’s words and activities, came from observing how his election “has stimulated a renewed interest on ethical, religious and moral issues.”

“The current Pope is a figure who, thanks to his empathy, as well as the power, the courage and the simplicity of his message, has won over everyone, both the faithful and non-believers,” he said in a March 3 press release.

Mondadori says the magazine will have a positive and popular approach that is easy to read and presented in a colourful design with photographs.

The text will include articles on the people and facts which inspire both the Pope’s work and his words, as well as smaller items of curiosity and images that show the great simplicity of the pontiff in ordinary daily activities.

Readers are also invited to make contributions, and each week a section will be dedicated to the not-profit charity ONLUS to help their mission and attract support.

The first edition comes with a poster of Pope Francis, and every issue will include contain some illustrated history of the pontiff’s life which can form part of a collection.

For the first edition will also have a special feature on the one-year anniversary of the Pope’s election.

“Il Mio Papa” will be priced at 50 euro cents and can be accessed via Facebook and Twitter. The magazine’s website is: www.miopapa.it.

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