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Pope Francis lauds 'Jesus of Nazareth' trilogy by Benedict XVI

October 28, 2013

Pope Francis paid tribute to his predecessor’s writing, and especially to his Jesus of Nazareth trilogy, as he announced the annual “Ratzinger Prizes” at a Vatican ceremony on October 26.

Pope Francis recalled that Pope Benedict XVI surprised the world by writing books while serving as Pontiff, but said that the trilogy is a “truly unique gift that he has given to the Church.” He continued:

He gave a gift to the Church, and to all humanity, of what was most precious to him: his knowledge of Jesus, the fruit of years and years of study, of prayer, of theological investigation, and he made it available in the most accessible form.

The work of Benedict XVI “has stimulated a new era of study of the Gospels,” Pope Francis said. He pointed specifically to two scholars who were named for this year’s Ratzinger Prizes: Rev. Richard Burridge, an Anglican cleric and deacon of King’s College in London; and Christian Schaller, the director of the Benedict XVI Institute in Regensburg, Germany.


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