This 21-volume collection expands your Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI library with his essential writings on the Church, Bonaventure, Mary, Europe, and Christian virtues. These volumes cover a wide range of topics relevant today. Pulled from interviews, public teachings, and writings published before he was made pope, these volumes bring together a collection of Ratzinger/Benedict XVI’s writings at an amazing discount. With works written alongside such renowned German theologians as Heinz Schürmann and Hans Urs von Balthasar, this collection is filled with both scholarly, theologically-rich material and practical, accessible devotional writing. Discover these timeless teachings for the Catholic Church, for Christendom, and for the entire world.
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This is a stand-alone expansion to the Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI Collection (14 vols.)—you do not need the original collection to purchase this one.
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Joseph Ratzinger is one of the most revered Catholic prelates, scholars, theologians, teachers, and authors of our time. He has spoken on many crucial subjects, including sexual consumerism, roles of men and women today, marriage, the priesthood, and the future of the world. As a teenager, he initiated study of classical languages and entered the minor seminary in Traunstein in 1939. Though he was drafted into the German anti-aircraft corps in 1943, he re-entered the seminary in 1945, when World War II ended. On June 29, 1951, Joseph Ratzinger was ordained to the priesthood in the Cathedral of Freising on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul. He also received his doctorate in theology in 1953 from the University of Munich. Starting in 1959, Ratzinger taught theology at the University of Bonn.
At age 35, Joseph Ratzinger was appointed chief theological advisor for the Archbishop of Cologne, Cardinal Joseph Frings, and maintained that title for four years. After many years of teaching at several German universities, Ratzinger was appointed by Pope Paul VI as Archbishop of Munich and Freising in March 1977, and was elevated to cardinal in June 1977. In November 1981, Ratzinger 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.