In his first encyclical Pope Francis reflects on the meaning of faith, the beginning of God's gracious salvation. He draws on key themes of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, who began the encyclical but was unable to complete it due to his history-making retirement. Benedict XVI had intended to complete the set with a reflection on faith, which would also have underscored the Year of Faith that he launched. Francis took up the task, adding his own insights, themes, and emphases to the work begun by Benedict XVI. This is not only Francis' first encyclical; it is also the first encyclical to have been openly written by two successors of St. Peter. Hardcover Edition.