Thursday, 19 April 2007

Pope's Book Already a Big Seller

ROME, APRIL 18, 2007 - Benedict XVI's book "Jesus of Nazareth" sold 50,000 copies in Italy in one day and its publisher has called it "already an extraordinary editorial success."

The publishing house Rizzoli has decided to print more copies, bringing the total printing to 420,000 copies.

"The book by Benedict XVI, out in Italian bookstores on April 16, 2007, the day of the Pontiff's 80th birthday, is already an extraordinary editorial success," a statement from the publisher said.

"Jesus of Nazareth" will be published in English on May 15 by Doubleday in North America and by Bloomsbury in the United Kingdom.