The Homilies, Audiences, and Other Writings of Pope Benedict XVI collection (19 vols.) contains the official pontifical writings, speeches, homilies, and letters of Pope Benedict XVI. These volumes, compiled and built by Logos Bible Software, contain the Holy Father’s teachings from 2005 to 2013 and are not available in this chronological digitized format anywhere else. Each Sunday homily, apostolic and public letter, and homily before and after the Angelus has been assembled in these volumes.
These writings include Pope Benedict XVI’s letters and messages to bishops, archbishops, cardinals, and world leaders, his public prayers, public audiences, speeches, and his Motu Proprio—an apostolic letter, regarded as an official document, that carries an administrative or instructional purpose. Less formal than an Apostolic Constitution, the Motu Proprio carries an official statement that enacts only minor changes to law, procedure, or persons and institutions. Among these are the important Summorum Pontificum, affecting liturgical topics, and Porta Fidei, establishing the Year of Faith.
Having these volumes in Logos’ format brings immeasurable value to your sermon or homily writing or your small-group study. Search for the Holy Father’s homily from any Sunday in these seven years, and see what he had to say on any given Sunday, feast day, or Holy Day. Or search his homilies and speeches for specific topics: his sayings on baptism, say, or on the Trinity—or find all of his references to Ephesians 1:4. You can even start each morning with a homily, message, prayer, or speech that the Holy Father spoke on that same day between 2005 and 2013.
Since the announcement of the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, this collection will now contain all of the writings of Benedict during his pontificate, between 2005 and 2013.
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.