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Pope Francis presides over his weekly general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican on October 18 (Vatican Media)

Pope Francis will publish an autobiography next year in which he recounts memories of historical events from the outbreak of World War II to the collapse of the Twin Towers on September 11. Source: National Catholic Register.

HarperCollins Publishers announced on Tuesday that it will publish the Pope’s book, Life, My Story Through History, in the northern Spring 2024 in the US, Europe and Latin America. An Australian publisher has not been announced.

“In this book we tell a story, the story of my life, through the most important and dramatic events that humanity has experienced over the past eighty years,” Pope Francis said in a statement released by the publisher on Tuesday.

“This book was written so that people, especially younger people, can listen to the voice of an elderly person and reflect on what our planet has experienced, so as not to repeat the mistakes of the past.”

The book was co-written by Vatican journalist Fabio Marchese Ragona, who interviewed Pope Francis for Italian television specials in 2021 and 2022 and recently published a book in Italian about exorcists featuring anecdotes from the Pope.

According to HarperCollins, the book will feature the Pope’s recollections of the start of World War II, the Nazi campaign to exterminate the Jews, the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the collapse of the Twin Towers, the great economic recession of 2008, the resignation of Benedict XVI, and the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Pope’s book, which is not classified as a memoir, will also touch on current global issues, including abortion, racial discrimination, climate change, atomic weapons, war, and social inequalities. 


Pope Francis to Release an Autobiography in the Spring  (By Courtney Mares, CNA via National Catholic Register)