On this week’s show, we talk popes, cats, and storytelling with Jon M. Sweeney, creator of the wonderful series “The Pope’s Cat” from Paraclete Press. We virtually travel to Italy as we chat about his latest book Margaret and the Pope Go to Assisi.
About Jon M. Sweeney
Jon M. Sweeney is one of religion’s most respected and award-winning authors. He’s been interviewed in print by a wide range of publications from the Dallas Morning News to The Irish Catholic, and on television for CBS Saturday Morning and Fox News. His 2012 history, The Pope Who Quit, was optioned by HBO. He’s also the author of thirty-plus other books including a new biography, James Martin, SJ: In the Company of Jesus; The Pope’s Cat fiction series for children; St. Francis of Assisi: His Life, Teachings, and Practices, with a foreword by Richard Rohr, new from St. Martin’s Press; A Course in Christian Mysticism by Thomas Merton; and Meister Eckhart’s Book of the Heart, with Mark S. Burrows.
Jon’s books on Franciscan spirituality have sold more than 200,000 copies. His Francis of Assisi in His Own Words has become a standard text on many university and seminary campuses. Jon speaks regularly at literary and religious conferences, retreat centers, and churches. He is Catholic, married to a rabbi; their interfaith marriage has been profiled in national media. He writes often for America: The Jesuit Review in the US, and The Tablet in the UK, and is active on social media (Twitter @jonmsweeney; Facebook jonmsweeney). He’s also the publisher at Paraclete Press in Massachusetts and lives in Milwaukee with his wife and daughters. He also has two grown children.
About “Margaret and the Pope Go to Assisi”
Margaret and the Pope Go to Assisi is the fourth book in a still-new fiction series for kids (mostly Catholic kids), about a stray cat that is brought inside the Vatican, and who then helps show kids what Popes do all day long!
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