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Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI

1927 — 2022

“The bottom line is expressed in a famous expression from Pope Benedict XVI, in his 2005 document Deus Caritas Est: ‘Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction.’ Keep that clear, and all will be well; lose sight of it, and nothing else in the long run will really matter.”

Excerpted from “To Light a Fire on the Earth”

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The Pope Benedict XVI Reader

This book offers a point of entry for those seeking a deeper engagement with Joseph Ratzinger’s teachings, whether you have read little of his work or have enjoyed it for years.

This wide-ranging collection draws together some of the finest excerpts from Ratzinger’s interviews, speeches, audiences, homilies, and books, with insights on a variety of topics, including the Trinity, the person of Jesus Christ, the Church, Mary and the saints, the Bible, the liturgy, prayer, the Second Vatican Council, and the challenge of living the faith in the modern world.

What emerges is a fascinating portrait of a man whose legacy of scholarly erudition, pastoral gentleness, and deep and abiding love for Christ and his Church continues to awe the world.

Thank you, Pope Benedict, for the thousand ways that you have blessed the Church. And may God grant you peace.