Seventeen publishers in 84 countries will release Pope Francis’ first book Titled “The Name of God is Mercy”, the book will be released on January 12 in six languages: Italian, English, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish. This will be Francis’ first book published during his papacy.

The book is based on interviews with journalist and Vatican expert Andrea Tornielli.

The cover features the Vatican’s coat of arms and “Pope Francis” in capital letters. The title is written in red in the pope’s handwriting.

The Pope is currently touring Africa having now completed the first leg of the tour which started in Kenya. While in Kenya, the Pope encouraged peace among all peoples and all religions of the earth, noting that there was only one God.

All denominations – including Muslims – braced an early morning downpour to attend the Pope’s mass at the University of Nairobi grounds where a special alter had been constructed for the purpose.