Jesuit publishing company Loyola Press announced the launch of two Spanish and bilingual (English and Spanish) children’s books, providing faith-based messages and experiences for parents and grandparents in the Hispanic community to share with their children.

The first title is El Papa Francisco dice… (Pope Francis Says…). This Spanish-language board book displays vibrant cover-to-cover illustrations aimed at delighting young children. Accompanied by images rich in cultural diversity, Pope Francis shares messages that encourage children to live a life of love, kindness, generosity, and faith.

The second illustrated book, Shhh…Dios está en el silencio (Shhh…God is in the Silence) is a bedtime story or meditation experience and features English and Spanish text set in a bilingual format.  “Simple text builds from page to page providing a soothing pace and rhythm that invites children to listen to God in their hearts so they can know that they are created by Him, are precious to Him, and are His always,” according to the company’s press announcement on Wednesday. The bilingual format allows families to share in their first language this core message of faith—that we are loved unconditionally by God.

“I’m a big believer in the idea that faith nurtured early lasts a lifetime,” said Joellyn Cicciarelli, President and Publisher of Loyola Press. “These two books provide little ones with the comforting reminder that we are loved by God always and that when we live as God asks, we can live in happiness and peace.  Both authors share complex topics in the simplest of terms, making it easy for parents to talk to their children about life and faith. I’m so happy we are able to share these books in both English and Spanish so as many people as possible can enjoy them.”

Positioning both books as gift ideas for young children, Loyola Press timed their launch to coincide with the popular celebration of Día del Niño (Day of the Child), which falls on April 30 in Mexico.

El Papa Francisco dice… and Shhh…Dios está en el silencio are available for purchase at

An apostolate of the USA Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus, Loyola Press “embraces the Jesuit passion for helping people find God in all things. We continue the Jesuit tradition of excellence and service by providing inspiring faith-filled content for children and adults and by being people for others.”

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