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Pope Greets 14-Year-Old Author Who Beat Him in Book Contest

Young Argentinean an award-winning author despite neurological disabilities

From Vatican Radio:

Pope Francis, during his General Audience on Wednesday, met with Veronica Cantero Burroni, a young Argentinian author, who turned 14 today.

She was just awarded the Elsa Morante Prize in children’s literature for her book Il ladro di ombre (‘The Shadow Thief’).

Veronica, one of triplets, has neurological damage from birth, which affects her motor skills. However her disability has not gotten in the way of her writing and publishing books since she was eight years old.

The children’s literature selection for the Elsa Morante Prize is chosen through a two-part process. A jury of experts chooses three books as finalists, with the winner being chosen by a group of young people who have read the books.

There were two books written by Argentinians among the three finalists for the award: The Name of God Is Mercy – written by Pope Francis with journalist Andrea Tornielli – was the other.

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