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Saturday 26 July 2014

Pope joins bestseller list as faithful flock to buy book

SAM GRIFFIN

Published 16/03/2014|02:30

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Pope Francis leads his Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican March 2, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile (VATICAN - Tags: RELIGION)
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A PAPAL document written by Pope Francis has propelled the pontiff into the Irish bestseller category, with bookshops unable to keep the publication in stock.

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Evangelii Gaudium, which translates as The Joy of the Gospel, is now on its fourth print run and has sold over 11,000 copies in Veritas bookshops around the country.

The document is what the church calls an Apostolic Exhortation, a document that encourages catholics to implement a particular aspect of the church's life and teaching.

The Vertias stores had initially planned for an official print run of 3,000 copies for the Apostolic Exhortation, which normally only sell around 500 copies.

A spokeswoman for the chain of religious bookstores said the book's popularity was due to the "huge level of public interest in what Pope Francis is saying and doing".

"The sales of Evangelii Gaudium have broken records for such a publication," she said.

The book, which is on sale in all 11 Veritas bookstores, costs €4.99.

The Pope's next published work, The Church of Mercy: My vision for the Church, will be available in Ireland from early summer.

Sunday Independent

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