First English-Language Edition of ON HEAVEN AND EARTH by Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Pope Francis, to be Published by Image Books on April 19

Vintage Espanol to Release Spanish-Language Edition; Random House Audio To Issue Audio Version

(New York, NY, March 19, 2013) — The first English-language edition of On Heaven and Earth: Pope Francis on Faith, Family and the Church in the 21st Century by Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who last week was elected Pope Francis, will be published on April 19 by Image Books, the Catholic-interest imprint of Random House, Inc.’s Crown Publishing Group.

The book will be released simultaneously in print, digital, and audio formats in the U.S. and Canada. A Spanish-language edition titled Sobre el Cielo y la Terra will also be issued in North America by Vintage Espanol, also a Random House, Inc. imprint, in print and digital formats.  A Spanish-language edition of the book with the same title was previously published in 2010 in Latin America and Spain by Random House Mondadori.

Written with Rabbi Abraham Skorka, Rector of the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary in Buenos Aires, Argentina, On Heaven and Earth records seminal discussions from numerous hours of conversation between the two religious leaders, and addresses such topics as God, fundamentalism, atheism, the Holocaust, abortion, homosexuality, euthanasia, same-sex marriage, and globalization.   A revisiting of these conversations is particularly relevant at the onset of Pope Francis’ pontificate, as they offer a unique perspective on his commitment to strengthening interreligious relations through participation in a respectful dialogue on theological and worldly issues.

Maya Mavjee, President and Publisher of the Crown Publishing Group, acquired North American, World English, audio, electronic, first serial, and large print rights from Núria Cabutí, CEO of Random House Mondadori.

Said Ms. Mavjee, “We are honored to publish Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s important book in English for the first time. On Heaven and Earth’s context of interreligious dialogue is one that will have great global appeal, speaking to Catholics and to readers across a wide range of faith and cultural backgrounds.”

Founded in 1954 with the mandate of providing quality religious titles to readers at an affordable price, Image Books is the only imprint from any trade publisher that is exclusively dedicated to Catholic topics. It has a uniquely rich history of publishing leading and classic Catholic-interest authors such as Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, Father Robert Barron, Mother Angelica, Mother Teresa, John L. Allen, Jr., Mike Aquilina, Raymond Arroyo, Colleen Carroll Campbell, Bill Donohue, Scott Hahn, Ronald Rolheiser, Amy Welborn, and Christopher West.

The parent company of Random House, Inc. is Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA.

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