Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Pope's first encyclical is summer bestseller in Italy

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Vatican City, August 22 - Pope Francis's first
encyclical, "Lumen Fidei", is proving to be a summer bestseller
in Italy, with 200,000 copies flying off the shelves despite a
publication date - July 5 - that coincided with the start of
holidays for many Italians, according to publishing data
released Thursday.
The Vatican publisher, Libreria Editrice Vaticana (LEV),
noted that the 200,000 figure does not even include sales of the
same treatise by other authorized publishers.
While this is Francis's first encyclical, he has made it
clear that much of the work in "Lumen Fidei" or "The Light of
Faith" was produced by his predecessor, Benedict XVI.
"It's an encyclical written by four hands, so to speak,
because Pope Benedict began writing it and he gave it to me (to
complete)," Francis told bishops this summer in Rome.
Francis, the first pope from Latin America, was elected
less than four months before publishing, making this encyclical
something of a modern record.
It urges believers to avoid arrogance, advising that "faith
is not a truth that is imposed by violence, it is not a truth
that crushes the individual," but rather it "reawakens critical
senses" and "broadens the horizons of reason".

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