Michael Collins



Published by DK
August 1, 2015
Photography by Rodolfo Felici
Hardcover with jacket
Full color throughout
256 pages
$25 US
ISBN 978-1-4654-3983-3


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Pope Francis: A Photographic Portrait of the People’s Pope

Father Michael Collins (Dublin, Ireland)

Author of Pope Francis: A Photographic Portrait of the People’s Pope

Roman Catholic priest, Vatican insider, church historian



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  • Experienced on all media platforms.  Has appeared on nationally-broadcast shows such as CBS “60 Minutes,” Sky News, BBC
  • Available for breaking news opportunities, frequently comments on Vatican and Catholic Church news
  • Can provide highly-relevant expertise in advance of the U.S. Papal visit


  • Ordained in 1985 and holds a doctorate in the early history of the Church from the Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology in Rome
  • Author of 10 other books on the Catholic Church, most notably The Vatican (DK, 2014), The Fisherman’s NetPope Benedict XVI, The Story of Christianity
  • Has taught in many universities, including American University of Rome, John Cabot University and Duquesne University, Rome Campus.
  • Currently serves in St. Mary’s Church, Haddington Road in Dublin


Narrated by Father Michael Collins, Pope Francis: A Photographic Portrait of the People’s Pope introduces readers to the first Jesuit pope and the first-ever pope from the Americas, a figure who was largely unknown to most of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics before he was elected in 2013. Exclusive photos captured by Vatican photography studio Fotografia Felici include never-before-seen shots by Rodolfo Felici, the fifth generation photographer to carry on the family tradition that has been in business for more than 150 years. This photo collection reveals an up-close, personal look at the daily life of Pope Francis, beginning with his path from Buenos Aires to Rome and throughout an entire calendar year of religious holidays, events and papal visits. Each chapter reminds readers how Pope Francis is unlike the pontiffs before him: warm, down-to-earth, unpredictable, and just as at home in soup kitchens and homeless camps as he is in the Vatican, where he lives in the “guest quarters” instead of the regal main building.


Pope Francis’s Journey to the Papacy. Pope Francis is the first Jesuit and Latin American pope and a true pope of the people. In his early days of study, Jesuit Jorge Bergoglio was cautious and a strict disciplinarian. He lived through turbulent times both in the Church following the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) and political upheaval during the Dirty War in Argentina (1976-83) These events had a profound effect and through careful discernment he became a warmer and more tolerant person, traits he exudes daily in his position as pope.

Church Reform and Life inside the Vatican. Father Collins can discuss how Pope Francis initiated reform in the Curia, which governs the Church. Pope Francis’s emphasis is on sharing responsibility although he has paradoxically centralized the papacy as much as his predecessors. He can discuss an average day in the Pope’s life inside the Vatican.

The People’s Pope: Discuss Pope Francis’s popularity and how he fascinates Christians for his perceived openness to numerous types of people from disenfranchised to nobility. Father Collins can discuss the ways Pope Francis has brought personal experience of frailty to his new office.

Controversy: Father Collins can remark about Pope Francis’s penchant for off-the-cuff remarks that have provoked amusement, but also caused offense.

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