The Chronicles of Francis, the Cartoon Strip

color-cover-template-new.jpgBy Pat Marrin

The election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis marks an epic moment in troubled times for a world struggling to imagine its future. And what better way to celebrate this moment than with a light touch — a cartoon strip called simply “Francis,” about an unlikely pope who says and does surprising things almost daily to offer hope based on compassion and humor.

This collection showcases more than 70 cartoons from the popular series, which appears in in the newspaper and online at

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About the author:
Cartoonist Pat Marrin has an insider’s view of the church as a 20-year veteran of a Catholic religious order and as a journalist for the National Catholic Reporter Publishing Company. A 1985 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Marrin was newsroom illustrator at the Topeka Capital Journal, chair of the journalism department at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., and now edits Celebration, NCR’s worship resource. A native of Minneapolis, Minn., Marrin lives with his wife, Diane, in Kansas City, Missouri.

"Pat Marrin’s Francis cartoons are a treat to behold and a wonderful way to laugh with our pope (and his friend Brother Leo) in an era of epochal change in the church."
— Josh McElwee, Vatican correspondent for National Catholic Reporter

"G.K. Chesterton prayed that God would 'sow in our souls, like living grass, the laughter of all lowly things.' So God sent us Francis, the 'living grass' of popes. And Pat Marrin, to both inspire and chronicle 'the laughter of all lowly things.'"
— Melissa Musick Nussbaum, author of The Catholic Catalogue: A Field Guide to the Daily Acts That Make Up a Catholic Life (in bookstores February 2016)