Friday, February 25, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI, the author

Pope Benedict XVI is a prolific writer.  His first book, Introduction to Christianity, appeared in 1968.

Since then, dozens of his works have been published – including The Ratzinger Report (1985), Called to Communion: Understanding the Church Today (1996) and Truth and Tolerance: Christian Belief and World Religions (2004).

Jesus of Nazareth: From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration was published in 2007. His second volume on the life of Christ releases March 10 worldwide with the official premier at the Vatican.
Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week – From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection will appear in a variety of languages and will reach every corner of the earth.

Ignatius Press is publishing the English-language edition. Visit the book's website:

In addition to his own writing, the Holy Father also has granted German journalist Peter Seewald audiences that have resulted in three best-selling book-length interviews: Salt of the Earth (1997), God and the World (2002) and Light of the World (2010).

In his Preface to Light of the World, Seewald provides a fascinating perspective on Benedict XVI – one that may help readers of Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week grasp the perspective from which the Pontiff explores Christ’s life, death and resurrection:

“This is no Prince of the Church,” Seewald writes, “but rather a servant of the Church, a great giver who completely exhausts himself in his giving.”

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