It was announced today that this coming Sunday, the Holy Father will have distributed in St. Peter’s Square pocket-sized editions of the Gospels & Acts, printed by the Vatican Publishing House, to people gathered for the Sunday Angelus. Thereafter – of course – they will be available for sale in the Vatican Bookstore and probably in other stores here in town.
I don’t yet know if this is only an Italian-language thing, or if they will have multiple languages available.
You will recall that he asked about this a few weeks ago – see my post here about it.
An Italian friend mentioned to me recently that he was shocked one day to see someone reading a pocket-sized book of the Gospels on the bus. Apparently, that person had taken the Holy Father’s exhortation to heart.