One of the largest publishing companies in Europe is releasing a first-ever weekly magazine dedicated entirely to Pope Francis due to the impact his Pontificate has had in the world over the last year, reports the Catholic News Agency.
On March 3 Mondadori, Italy's largest book and magazine publisher and the third largest in the consumer magazine segment in France, announced their new magazine Il Mio Papa, which is to be the world's first magazine dedicated entirely to the Bishop of Rome.
Scheduled to hit newsstands every week from today, an initial print run of three million copies will be released during the first month.
'The idea for a magazine designed to report on and share the words and actions of Pope Francis came from observing how his election has stimulated a renewed interest on ethical, religious and moral issues,' the magazine's editor, Aldo Vitali, said in a March 3 press release announcing the publication.
'In fact, the current Pope is a figure who, thanks to his empathy, as well as the power, the courage and the simplicity of his message, has won over everyone, both the faithful and non-believers,' he observed.
According to the press release, the new magazine will have a positive and popular approach with a layout that is colourful, easy to read, and will engage readers with moving photographic images, and will cover the weekly events of the Roman Pontiff, including his meetings, pronouncements, engagements and audiences, such as his weekly Angelus and General Audience addresses.
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