Verbum Domini, issued by Pope Benedict XVI, is an apostolic exhortation discussing the Catholic approach to the Bible. Exploring both theological foundations concerning the Word of God and practical applications that allow our Scripture study to affect our mission as the Church, Verbum Domini is a beautiful discussion of the necessity of Scripture in our daily lives.
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- Summary of the Catholic understanding of sacred Scripture
- Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation of the 12th ordinary general assembly of the Synod of Bishops
- Title: Verbum Domini
- Author: Benedict XVI
- Publisher: Libreria Editrice Vaticana
- Publication Date: 2010
About Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict XVI (Joseph Ratzinger), was born on 16 April 1927 in Marktl, Bavaria in Germany. During his youth, his father's devout Catholicism led to conflicts with the Nazi regime, and his family was forced to relocate several times. At the age of twelve he enrolled in minor seminary, but the seminary was closed for military use in 1942. He resumed his studies for the priesthood in 1946 and was ordained a priest on June 29, 1951. A year later he began teaching at the Higher School of Freising. He received his doctorate in 1953 and became a professor at Freising College in 1958.
On March 25, 1977, Pope Paul VI named him Archbishop of Munich and Freising, and on June 27 of that same year he was made a Cardinal. In November 1981, he was summoned by Pope John Paul II to Rome, where he was named Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, President of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, and President of the International Theological Commission.
On April 19, 2005, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected to be the 265th pope. He took the name Benedict XVI, after St. Benedict of Nursia. As pope, he received worldwide respect and was a spiritual influence to Christians and non-Christians alike. In 2013, he resigned the papacy, becoming the first pope to do so in since the fifteenth century. He retired to a monastery in the Vatican Gardens, where he continues to study and write.