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Pope Francis answers children's questions about faith in new book

By Shelia Poole

Pope Francis addressed members of the  U.S. Congress and met with world leaders, but perhaps his most interesting questions came from  children.

The pope recently answered questions about faith from 30 children ages six through 13 from around the world.

Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro, who went through the questions with the pope, said he may have had trouble thinking about how to answer the questions, according to the Catholic News Service.

But the pope sailed right through.

The question and answer project, along with drawings, will be published March 1 by Loyola Press.

The title is simple enough: "Dear Pope Francis."

Questions ranged from what did the pontiff want to be when he grew up  to what did God do before the world was made?

Just  so you know, the pope answered that he wanted to be a butcher when he was younger because the butcher had an apron with a big pocket that seemed to be full of money.

As for what was God doing before creation:

"Think of it this way: Before creating anything, God loved. That's what God was doing: God was loving."

As you can see by the video below, the pope seems to have, well,  a special way with children. In the clip, a young boy wanders on stage and can't be persuaded to leave the pope's side.


The book may be well-read in the Archdiocese of Atlanta, which has more than a million Catholics.


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Shelia Poole has worked at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for more than two decades.