Read Up for the Pope's Visit to DC

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Read Up for the Pope's Visit to DC

DC is gearing up for Pope Francis' historic visit, and the library is no exception--the MLK Library will be closing early at 7 p.m. on September 23 and reopening at 3 p.m. on September 24 in anticipation of his visit to a neighboring church.

In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month and the Pope's visit, the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library will present Bishops of the Poor in the Latin American Tradition on Thursday, September 24 at 7 p.m.

Here's a reading list, courtesy of DCPL's Collections Department, to help you learn about Pope Francis and the modern Catholic church. Whether you're interested in his own words or the historical impact of his unusual time in office, you can find it in our collections. Check below the book list for even more resources from our online collections.

Books in English

The Church of Mercy : a Vision for the Church / by Pope Francis

Pope Francis and the New Vatican / photographs by Dave Yoder ; essays by Robert Draper
The Promise of Francis: The Man, the Pope, and the Challenge of Change / David Willey

Walking with Jesus : a Way Forward for the Church / by Pope Francis ; foreword by Archbishop Blase J. Cupich

The Great Reformer : Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope / Austen Ivereigh
Pope Francis : Thoughts and Words for the Soul / Jorge Mario Bergoglio
Pope Francis : Life and Revolution, a Biography of Jorge Bergoglio / Elisabetta Piqué
Francis of Rome & Francis of Assisi : a New Spring in the Church / Leonardo Boff ; translated by Dinah Livingstone
Pope Francis / Michael J. Ruszala

On Heaven and Earth : Pope Francis on Faith, Family, and the Church in the Twenty-first Century / Jorge Mario Bergoglio and Abraham Skorka

Libros en español

Francisco : el Papa de la gente / Evangelina Himitian

El gran reformador : Francisco, retrato de un Papa radical / Austen Ivereigh, traducción de Juanjo Estrella

Additional Resources

For online access to information about the Pope, the Vatican, and the Catholic Church, we recommend Global Issues in Context and Biography in Context, both accessible from any computer or smartphone with your library card number.

You can also take this opportunity to brush up on your Latin with Mango Languages or explore the Secrets of the Vatican via Access Video on Demand