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BENEDICT XVI: FELLOW WORKER FOR THE TRUTH, AN INTRODUCTION TO HIS LIFE AND THOUGHT

Author: LAURENCE PAUL HEMMING
Sofia, 2010, Communitas Foundation

The Papacy is the oldest and the most successful world institution. It is led by the pope who is also symbol of the unity of the Catholic Church. Joseph Ratzinger was the second most important person in the Church during the pontificate of John Paul II. An experienced person with exceptional intellect, he was chosen to server the church as pope. Now Benedict XVI can be understood, because before as a Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, he had to work behind closed doors.

 
Who is the person Benedict and what is his spirit? There are already published papers on Joseph Ratzinger, about his thought and life, but none so far has explained how the two entities are united in one personality. The book does exactly this – it shows the person, reveals his thought and gives the readers the opportunity to evaluate alone this enigmatic and exciting personality.
 
For many years Laurence Hemming studies the works of Ratzinger. He examines in details the Papacy and the events led to the election of the present pope. He creates charming and warm portrait of the Holy Father and thus he makes this highly intelligent person accessible to the wider audience.
 
Benedict XVI proclaimed that he will be "a simple and humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord" and so he showed the straightforwardness of his approach – ardent and overt protector of the Faith, and at the same time a person willing to listen to the others. 
 
Laurence Paul Hemming is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies of Lancaster University. He is a famous preacher, lecturer and writer. He has written series of books and he is also contributing to "The Way" and others Catholic magazines