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Benedict XVI: An Intimate Portrait

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Benedict XVI: An Intimate Portrait

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In the person of Benedict XVI, the Church has a Pope who is one of the most significant of Europe’s intellectuals. The journalist Peter Seewald, who has known Ratzinger since 1992, conducted the “longest interviews in Church history” with him, for two books which were best-sellers world-wide, Salt of the Earth, and God and the World.


Now, for the first time, Seewald describes these intensive encounters in detail, and draws a portrait of this brilliant theologian who has put his life entirely at the service of the Catholic Church. This book is also the story of a long dialogue that changed Seewald’s life.

Many people are trying to understand who Benedict XVI really is. On one point they all agree: in the person of Joseph Ratzinger, the chair of Peter is occupied by one of the most brilliant minds in the world. Peter Seewald’s portrait of Benedict recounts details about the personality and life of Benedict that were hitherto completely unknown.

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This item received 4 stars overall. The Inside Scoop on the Man Who Became Pope Benedict XVI

In Benedict XVI: An Intimate Portrait, journalist Peter Seewald gives an insider’s scoop on the man who became Pope Benedict XVI. To those who have wondered, "What is Pope Benedict really like?" Benedict XVI provides a rich response.

Seewald takes readers inside his lengthy interviews with Joseph Ratzinger, providing not the substance (which is found in Salt of the Earth and God and the World), but the story of the interviews. Readers learn such details as Ratzinger’s manner ("He never gave the impression of being old-fashioned or a know-it-all, and if ever he did not know something, he admitted this quite frankly")and his preferred drink ("‘Ratzinger tea’ . . .which is fruit tea with lemon and plenty of sugar").

Seewald places these interviews within the larger context of Ratzinger’s life, showing the ideas and events that shaped his character and thought. He sketches Ratzinger’s parents and Full Review...

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