Francis Frames the Future

Hi! I’m Pia. And I’m Pio. We are European turtle doves who live in Italy. We want to tell you a story about a man named Francis …

Pia and Pio have come to tell you about a very special man, Pope Francis, who wants to help our planet. Just like St. Francis of Assisi, beloved by many throughout the world, Pope Francis believes that all of nature is connected. Through a letter he wrote to all people, he shares what is happening to Earth and its creatures. He shows us that if every person works together—adults and children—it is possible for Earth to be beautiful once more.


Author:  Matt Bergles
Illustrator:  Rob Peters
Publication Date:  October 22, 2019

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Matt Bergles

Matt is an independent researcher and advocate for wildlife conservation, especially conservation of prairie habitat. He lives in Denver with his two children, Luke and Mary, dog Samuel, and cat Mojo.

Rob Peters

Rob Peters is a freelance illustrator, cartoonist and designer. He has a degree in visual communications from Judson College in Elgin, Illinois, and worked as a cover artist and designer in the yearbook industry for over five years. As a freelance artist, he has designed logos, book covers, and illustrated dozens of children’s picture books, including Kansas City Chiefs ABCs and 1-2-3s. Rob currently lives in Topeka, Kansas, with his wife and children. To learn more about Rob, please visit