Next week, from September 22 to 27, Pope Francis will visit Washington, D.C., New York City and Philadelphia, his first trip ever to the U.S. He'll have a full schedule of religious services, meetings with world leaders--including a visit to the White House--addresses to the Congress and the U.N. General Assembly, and tours of the 9/11 memorial and a prison in Philadelphia. (See his full schedule here.) Francis's two-year progressive papacy has begotten a wide range of titles, from biographies to compilations of his own writings and talks. In preparation for the attention his upcoming visit is sure to attract, here is a partial list of these works both by and about the Pope:
By Pope Francis:
Encyclical on Climate Change and Inequality: On Care for Our Common Home by Pope Francis (Melville House, $14.95, 9781612195285, July 23, 2015) is a clarion call to Catholics and the rest of the world to combat climate change and its root cause--a catastrophic inequality in the global distribution of wealth. Includes an introduction by Naomi Oreskes, a Harvard professor and author of Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming.
On the Care for our Common Home: Group Reading Guide to Laudato Si by Bill Huebsch (Twenty-Third Publications, $3.50, 9781627851220, Aug. 3, 2015) is a 48-page guide to the aforementioned encyclical.
Pope Francis' Little Book of Wisdom: The Essential Teachings, compiled by Andrea Kirk Assaf (Hampton Roads, $14, 9781571747389, Sept. 1, 2015) collects teachings from Pope Francis into 15 chapters on love, family, humility and other topics.
The Church of Mercy by Pope Francis (Loyola Press, $16.95, 9780829441703, April 25, 2014) collects speeches, sermons and papers written during Francis's first year into a meditation on how the church should function after recent tumultuous times. This Vatican-authorized book, which promotes a message of hope and selfless service, has sold more than 100,000 copies since its release. (To see our Dedicated Issue on this and other Loyola Press titles by and about the Pope, click here.)
Walking with Jesus: A Way Forward for the Church by Pope Francis (Loyola Press, $16.95, 9780829442540, April 5, 2015) shows how individuals and communities can turn the messages from Church of Mercy into positive action.
Pope Francis and the Joy of Family Life: Daily Reflections by Pope Francis, edited by Kevin Cotter (Our Sunday Visitor, $16.95, 9781612789293, Sept. 1, 2015) collects brief meditations on family from Pope Francis for daily consumption. A similar title from the same publisher: A Year of Mercy with Pope Francis: Daily Reflections ($16.95, 9781612788357, Nov. 11, 2014).
God Is Always Near: Conversations with Pope Francis by Pope Francis, edited by Gary Seromik (Our Sunday Visitor, $17.95, 9781612789149, June 15, 2015) includes interviews with the Pope, who was once reluctant to speak with journalists, on the needs of the Church and the larger world.
Reflections from Pope Francis: An Invitation to Journaling, Prayer, and Action by Susan Stark and Daniel J. Pierson (Tarcher, $15.95, 9780399173202, Feb. 24, 2015) turns homilies, speeches and addresses from the first year of Francis's papacy into a journal with spaces for readers to write their own reflections on his teachings.
Morning Homilies II by Pope Francis (Orbis Books, $23.50, 9781626981478, Oct. 1, 2015) contains morning masses given to guests and residents in St. Martha's Guesthouse, where Pope Francis lives, between September 2013 and January 2014.
Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus by Pope Francis, edited by Gustavo Larrázabal (Crossroad Publishing, $16.95, 9780824520854, Sept. 15, 2015) gives the Pope's own thoughts on what being Christian really means.
The Joy of the Gospel: Evangelii Gaudium by Pope Francis (Image, $14, 9780553419535, Oct. 7, 2014) is an Exhortation given in 2013 in which Francis gives a message of hope and advocates helping the powerless.
About Pope Francis:
Pope Francis: Life and Revolution: A Biography of Jorge Bergoglio by Elisabetta Piqué (Loyola Press, $16.95, 9780829442175, Oct. 21, 2014) turns an Argentine journalist's longtime friendship with a man she knew simply as "Padre Jorge" into a biography of Pope Francis with an insider's perspective. Piqué also uses 75 interviews conducted with lay people and church officials.
Pope Francis: A Photographic Portrait of the People's Pope by Michael Collins (DK, $25, 9781465439833, Aug. 4, 2015) chronicles a year of Francis's papacy through 250 previously unpublished pictures by Vatican photographer Rodolfo Felici. Father Michael Collins uses his experience as a former Vatican adviser to contextualize these images of masses, foreign visits and behind-the-scenes moments.
Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads by Chris Lowney (Loyola Press, $16.95, 9780829440911, Oct. 4 2013) uses former Jesuit seminarian Lowney's experience as a managing director for JP Morgan Chase to analyze Francis's leadership style. Washing the feet of young inmates and forgoing the papal palace for a small apartment demonstrate leading by example in a spirit of humble service.
Bringing Lent Home with Pope Francis: Prayers, Reflections, and Activities for Families by Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle (Ave Maria Press, $3.50, 9781594716171, Oct. 2, 2015) is an activity and reflection guide for Lent with quotes from and stories about Pope Francis.
This Economy Kills: Pope Francis on Capitalism and Social Justice by Andrea Tornielli and Giacomo Galeazzi (Liturgical Press, $19.95, 9780814647257, Aug. 24, 2015) looks at Francis's more controversial statements, some of which were labeled Marxist in the U.S., even by fellow Catholics.
The Heart of Pope Francis: How a New Culture of Encounter Is Changing the Church and the World by Diego Fares, S.J. (Crossroad Publishing, $14.95, 9780824520748, Sept. 15, 2015), written by an Argentine priest who has known Francis for 40 years, looks at the Pope's life and how he is remaking the Catholic Church.
Pope Francis and the New Vatican by Robert Draper, photographs by David Yoder (National Geographic, $40, 9781426215827, Aug. 4, 2015) combines essays, interviews and six months of behind-the-scenes photos into a portrait of “the people's Pope.”
The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope by Austen Ivereigh (Picador, $16, 9781250074997, Aug. 25, 2015) is a biography of Francis that focuses on how his life in South America shaped his advocacy of the Catholic Church as a "Church of the Poor."
The Francis Miracle: Inside the Transformation of the Pope and the Church by John L. Allen (Time, $27, 9781618931313, March 3, 2015), by a Boston Globe reporter who has spent his career covering the Vatican, is a guide to inner Church workings and Francis's impact on the institution.
Pope Francis: The Struggle for the Soul of Catholicism by Paul Vallely (Bloomsbury, $30, 9781632861153, Aug. 18, 2015) looks at how Francis's attempted reforms have clashed with entrenched Vatican power structures, like bureaucrats in the Vatican Bank. --Compiled by Tobias Mutter