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Pope's vacation project: 3rd volume of book about Jesus

Catholic World News - July 26, 2010

During his summer vacation, Pope Benedict XVI has been devoting his free time to work on the third and final volume of his work on Jesus, the Pope’s spokesman has disclosed.

In a weekly commentary for Vatican Radio, Father Federico Lombardi said that the final volume of the Pope’s three-book work will focus on the Gospel’s infancy narratives. The first volume, Jesus of Nazareth, is already in print; the second, dealing with the Passion and Resurrection, is in the final stages of editing and translation, and will be available early next year. “It is clear that it is particularly important for him to bring this great project, which he first began years ago, to a conclusion,” Father Lombardi said.

The papal spokesman said that the Pontiff has been resting during his stay at the summer apostolic palace in Castel Gandolfo, and said that during his Sunday public audience it was evident that Pope Benedict “already appears refreshed and smiling.” But apart from relaxation, Father Lombardi continued, the Pope is using all his free time for his book project.

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