Thursday, 5 April 2007

Benedict XVI's Book covers Christ's Baptism to His Transfiguration

Benedict XVI's Book Will Be Out Next Week

VATICAN CITY, APRIL 4, 2007 ( Benedict XVI's book on Jesus of Nazareth will be presented to the public on Friday, April 13.

It will be presented in the Vatican's Synod Hall at 4 p.m., local time.

The volume will be on sale in bookshops on Monday, April 16, in its Italian, German and Polish editions.

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, archbishop of Vienna; Daniele Garrone, dean of the Waldensian Faculty of Theology in Rome; and Massimo Cacciari, professor of aesthetics at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan, will present the volume. Vatican spokesman Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi will lead the presentation.

The then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger began the book during his vacation in 2003. After having been elected Bishop of Rome, as revealed in the text, he took advantage of every free moment to complete it.

In the Preface, the Pope writes that this work "is not a magisterial act, but solely an expression of my personal search for the face of the Lord. Therefore, all are free to contradict me."

He explained: "Because I do not know how much time I am left and how much strength I will be given, now I have decided to publish the first 10 chapters as a first part of my book, which go from the Baptism in the Jordan to the confession of Peter and the Transfiguration."

There are plans for nine other chapters to be published later.