Pope Benedict XVI - Essays and Reflections on His Papacy

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Accompanied by more than 100 full-color, official Vatican photographs this overview provides enough visual and spiritual manna to satisfy the…faithful.


Margaret Flanagan, Booklist Online

When one opens “Benedict XVI: Essays and Reflections on His Papacy,” two elements immediately jump out. First, there’s a wide variety of people who offered personal or scholarly reflections on this Pope: His own secretary of state provided the first introduction, but King Abdullah of Jordan and President Shimon Peres of Israel penned the following pages. And the second eye-catcher? The pictures. Page after page of glossy prints reflect Benedict XVI in countless settings: smiling, scholarly, prayerful. Surrounded by his brother priests, or flanked by leaders of other creeds in their religious garb. Embraced by children and world leaders alike.


Kathleen Naab, Zenit.org

…a splendid book….This new book will help all Catholics, from the most simple to the most sophisticated, appreciate the many faces of Pope Benedict’s papacy, but most of all, this book brings the human face of our faith, in the person of the Pope, closer to us.


Michael Sean Winters, “Distinctly Catholic” blog, National Catholic Reporter Online

…a beautifully illustrated and a skillfully edited work…The official Vatican photographs, including many candid shots, truly capture the human and pastoral side of the 83-year-old Holy Father, as he exercises the various responsibilities of his universal ministry. The pope is shown here as a loving man, a benevolent priest, and a diplomatic world leader.


John Leonard Berg, Library Journal

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“From the beginning of his pontificate, Pope Benedict has sought to build bridges of friendship between the Church and the Jewish people.”

Father James Massa