Last testament in his own words /

Since retiring from the papacy in 2013, the first Pope in over 700 years to do so, Pope Benedict has lived quietly in a convent in the Vatican gardens in Rome. He has devoted himself to a life of prayer and study and has vowed to remain silent, until now. Controversy still surrounds Pope Benedict�...

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Main Author: Benedict XVI, Pope, 1927-
Other Authors: Seewald, Peter,, Phillips, Jacob, active 1805-1818,
Format: Book
Published: London ; Bloomsbury, 2016.
Physical Description: xx, 257 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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Summary: Since retiring from the papacy in 2013, the first Pope in over 700 years to do so, Pope Benedict has lived quietly in a convent in the Vatican gardens in Rome. He has devoted himself to a life of prayer and study and has vowed to remain silent, until now. Controversy still surrounds Pope Benedict's time in office. In this book, written with Peter Seewald, he addresses the issues of his papacy and reveals how, at his late age, governing and reforming the Church was beyond him. Last Testament is also an autobiography, recalling Pope Benedict's childhood in Germany under Nazism, his early development as a priest, and eventually his appointment as Archbishop of Munich. After becoming Pope, his account deals with the controversies that rocked the Catholic world: how he enraged Muslims with his Regensburg speech, what he did and did not do to stamp out the clerical sexual abuse of children, the 'Vatileaks' scandal and how he broke up a gay cabal within the Vatican itself. In this, we see a man who is shy and retiring and modest being open and frank with the outside world. No other living Pope has had the opportunity to write an account having left office, Benedict gives in his own words a view of the difficulties, the achievements and the consequences of his time as head of the Catholic Church worldwide.--From statement provided by publisher.
Published: London ; Bloomsbury, 2016.
Language: English
German
Item Description: German original published under the title: Benedict XVI : Letzte Gespräche mit Peter Seewald.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-250).
ISBN: 9781472944672 :
1472944674 :