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To be Frank

Pope Francis is selling out (in Irish bookstores)

‘Evangelii Gaudium’ — written solely by the Pope — has been flying off the shelves since its publication late last year.

RELIGIOUS PUBLISHER AND bookshop chain Veritas says a booklet authored by Pope Francis has been hugely popular with Irish readers — selling some 11,000 copies.

Normally, an ‘apostolic exhortation’ of its kind would sell around 500 copies, a spokesperson for Veritas said.

“Due to the great interest shown in Pope Francis by our customers, we planned for an official print run of three thousand copies – and these sold out almost immediately,” Director of the bookstore chain Maura Hyland said.

“To date Veritas has sold 11,000 copies and Evangelii Gaudium is now on its fourth print-run.”

The text has also appeared several times in the non-fiction category of the Irish best-seller lists in recent months.

“Clearly there exists a huge level of public interest in what Pope Francis is saying and doing,” Hyland said.

An apostolic exhortation is a communication from the Pope that urges people to implement a particular aspect of the Church’s teaching, but does not define Church doctrine.

The Pope is publishing a longer book — a collection of essays and speeches — this summer.

Disappointingly, the hugely popular Pontiff has missed out on a book-naming open goal by declining to opt for the title ‘To Be Frank…’. The new book will be called The Church of Mercy: My Vision for the Church.

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