National Geographic goes behind-the-scenes of the new papacy with unprecedented, exclusive access to Pope Francis. Embedded with the Pope inside the Vatican for 6 months, award-winning photographer David Yoder captures intimate moments in never-before-seen photographs presented here for the first timeincluding in the Sistine Chapel with the Pope alone on Christmas Day. These extraordinary images reveal the majesty and splendor of the Vatican alongside the humbleness of the man changing ita compelling juxtaposition. The pontiff's public life and personal crusades are exposed as never before, as well as the inner workings of the Vaticana uniquely powerful state. Complementary essays by acclaimed journalist and author Robert Draperdrawn from interviews around the world with many who had never spoken publicly beforeinsightfully cover Pope Francis's personal story, his journey to the papacy, and the heart of his ministry. The book also features a timeline, maps, and Pope Francis's most inspiring words of wisdom.