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Pope Francis greets young Argentinian author

Pope Francis speaks with Veronica Cantero Burroni, a young Argentinian author. - REUTERS

Pope Francis speaks with Veronica Cantero Burroni, a young Argentinian author. - REUTERS

01/06/2016 14:26

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis, during his General Audience on Wednesday, met with Veronica Cantero Burroni, a young Argentinian author, who turns 14-years-old on Friday.

She was just awarded the Elsa Morante Prize in children’s literature for her book Il ladro di ombre (‘The Shadow Thief’).

Veronica was a triplet, and the birth caused neurological damage which has affects her motor skills, but that has not kept her from writing and publishing books since she was eight-years-old.

The children’s literature selection for the Elsa Morante Prize is chosen through a two-part process. A jury of experts chooses three books as finalists, with the winner being chosen by a group of young people who have read the books.

There were two books written by Argentinians among the three finalists for the award: The Name of God Is Mercy – written by Pope Francis with journalist Andrea Tornielli – was the other.

01/06/2016 14:26