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Pope Francis answers children's questions in new book: from afterlife to justice

A member of the security detail holds up a baby to Pope Francis as he makes his way in the popemobile into central Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, July 22, 2013. The pontiff arrived for a seven-day visit in Brazil, the world's most populous Roman Catholic nation. During his visit, Francis will meet with legions of young Roman Catholics converging on Rio for the church's World Youth Day festival. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

A member of the security detail holds up a baby to Pope Francis as he makes his way in the popemobile into central Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, July 22, 2013. The pontiff arrived for a seven-day visit in Brazil, the world's most populous Roman Catholic nation. During his visit, Francis will meet with legions of young Roman Catholics converging on Rio for the church's World Youth Day festival. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

A new book from Pope Francis will be for young readers.

"Dear Pope Francis: The Pope Answers Letters From Children Around the World" will be published March 1, the Chicago-based Loyola Press announced Tuesday. According to Loyola, a nonprofit Jesuit ministry, the book includes the pope's responses to 30 handwritten letters from children ages 6 to 13 from around the world. 

Themes of the book include "concerns about the afterlife; a strong sense of justice, both social and theological; the importance of family; and a longing to be seen and heard."

Besides the U.S., "Dear Pope Francis" also will come out in Italy, Spain, Mexico, Poland, Indonesia, the Philippines and India.

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