Benedict XVI: Essays and Reflections on His Papacy

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Benedict XVI is an extraordinary presentation of the first five years of Benedict's leadership as pope. The book provides an unprecedented look into the life and work of the Holy Father, with images that show him both in formal, public appearances and in intimate moments alone and with others. Elegantly designed and produced, the book features more than 100 brilliant full-color photos that illustrate the Pope's international travels and meetings with world leaders, as well as his contact with lay Catholics and ...
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Overview

Benedict XVI is an extraordinary presentation of the first five years of Benedict's leadership as pope. The book provides an unprecedented look into the life and work of the Holy Father, with images that show him both in formal, public appearances and in intimate moments alone and with others. Elegantly designed and produced, the book features more than 100 brilliant full-color photos that illustrate the Pope's international travels and meetings with world leaders, as well as his contact with lay Catholics and moments of personal study or contemplation. Essays by the staff of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops explore key themes of Benedict's papacy, including his work on environmental issues and in the Middle East, and personal reflections from friends and church leaders reveal his profoundly human side. The book also features excerpts from Benedict's own writings and an essential resource section. Benedict XVI is an invaluable keepsake and resource for Catholics, spiritual seekers, and those interested in how Catholicism touches the world today.
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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
Accompanied by more than 100 full-color, official Vatican photographs this overview provides enough visual and spiritual manna to satisfy the obedient faithful. Recommended.
National Catholic Reporter
It is a splendid book. . . . It brings the man who is Pope closer to us still.
— Michael Sean Winters
Newsok
This collection is a great commemoration and a wonderful keepsake.
National Catholic Reporter - Michael Sean Winters
It is a splendid book. . . . It brings the man who is Pope closer to us still.
Library Journal
This is both a beautifully illustrated and a skillfully edited work that celebrates the first five years of Pope Benedict's pontificate. 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. The accompanying text enhances the photography by providing personal anecdotes, experiences, essays, and reflections by 25 men and women, including such noted figures as King Abdullah of Jordan, President Shimon Peres of Israel, and Cardinal Francis George of Chicago. The book, with its pictorial essays, is divided into three sections that characterize the pilgrim, pastoral, and prophetic role of Pope Benedict. It includes chronologies from his early life and ministry as Joseph Ratzinger and his time as pope, an annotated listing of his major publications since his election, brief biographies of the contributors to this book, and a helpful index. VERDICT Recommended for public and Catholic church libraries.—John Leonard Berg, Univ. of Wisconsin-Platteville
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580512343
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/16/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Sister Mary Ann Walsh, RSM, is a Sister of Mercy and editor of two books, including John Paul II: A Light for the World, winner of the Popular Presentation of the Catholic Faith Award with the Catholic Press Association. A frequent commentator on church affairs, she is director of media relations at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.
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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTIONS
Greeting from the Vatican, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State, Vatican City
Foreword, King Abdullah II of Jordan
Foreword, President Shimon Peres of Israel
Preface, Cardinal Francis George, OMI, President, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Pope Benedict XVI: First Five Years of Papacy, John Thavis
Personal Reflections
Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr of Cincinnati

PART I: PILGRIM
Essays
Unity: A Key Priority
Europe: Strength, Struggle
China: Catholics Together
Finding God in Everyone
Message from the Blue Mosque
Healing for Christians and Jews
On the Road
Africa: Reconciliation, Justice, Peace
A Continental Mission: Stand for the Poor
With Youth: Ever the Catechist
Papal Visit 2008: Christ Our Hope
Personal Reflections
Bishop William Skylstad of Spokane
Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis
Archbishop Timothy Broglio for the Military Services USA
Cardinal Francis George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago
Nancy Wiechec, Visual Media Manager, Catholic News Service
Sister Mary Ann Walsh, RSM, Director of Media Relations, USCCB
Helen Osman, Secretary for Communications, USCCB

PART II: PASTOR
Essays
Giving the Look of Love They Crave
Turning to Altötting, Inspired by Mary
Arms of the Man
The Teachable Garment
Music: Joy to His World
The Word Has a Face, the Person, Christ
Pope Benedict XVI, Model Liturgist
Mass Participation from Within
Shepherding Cats
The Heart of a Disciple
Quaerere Deum, to Seek God
Priesthood Rooted in Prayer
Searing Pain of Abuse
Personal Reflections
Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York
Archbishop John C. Nienstedt of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
Cardinal John Foley, Grand Master of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
Archbishop George J. Lucas of Omaha
Cardinal Edward Egan, Archbishop Emeritus of New York
Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia
Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston

PART III: PROPHET
Part 46 Essays
Caritas in Veritate
Ethics and Economics
First Justice, Then Charity
Human Rights
Human Life and Bioethics
The Peace Pope
Migration: A Sign of the Times
Leading the Green Revolution
"Friending" Is Evangelizing
Family: Basis for Society
Faith and Political Life
A Challenge to Catholic Educators
Hope for Today
Personal Reflections
Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond of New Orleans
Archbishop Emeritus Joseph A. Fiorenza of Galveston-Houston

RESOURCES
The Life and Ministry of Pope Benedict XVI
Key Writings of Pope Benedict
Contributors
Acknowledgments
Index

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