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Lumen Fidei - The Light of Faith

Encyclical Letter of the Supreme Pontiff

Author(s): Pope Francis

ISBN13: 9781847305244

ISBN10: 1847305245

Publisher: Veritas

Extent: 64 pages

Binding: Paperback

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  • Lumen Fidei, the first Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis, comes towards the end of the Year of Faith and issues an urgent call to all the faithful to see once again that faith is a light, for once the flame of faith dies out, all other lights begin to dim (Lumen Fidei 4).


    This encyclical, begun by Pope Benedict XVI and completed by Pope Francis, concludes the trilogy of letters on the three theological virtues begun by Pope Benedict with Deus Caritas Est on love and Spe Salvi on hope. 


  • Pope Francis


    Pope Francis was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio on 17 December 1936 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a young man, he worked briefly as a chemical technician and nightclub bouncer before entering the Jesuits. He was ordained a priest in 1969, and from 1973 to 1979, was Argentina’s Provincial Superior of the Society of Jesus. He became the Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998, and was appointed a Cardinal in 2001.


    Following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on 28 February 2013, Bergoglio was named his successor on 13 March. He chose the name Francis in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. He is the first Jesuit Pope, the first Pope from the Americas, the first Pope from the Southern Hemisphere, and the first non-European Pope in over 1200 years.


    Pope Francis has been noted for his humility, his concern for the poor, and his commitment to dialogue as a way to build bridges between people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and faiths.

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