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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

The Revolution of God

ARTICLE: Oct. 11 ( - The Revolution of God, the first book produced by Pope Benedict XVI since his election to the papacy, was released by the Vatican on October 11.

The 130-page book contains all of the speeches that the Holy Father delivered during World Youth Day celebrations in Cologne, Germany, from August 18 to 21. It also includes the text of his remarks at a general audience on August 24, after his return, commenting on the trip.

The Italian-language edition was produced jointly by the Vatican publishing house, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, and St. Paul Editions. Separate editions, in appropriate translations, will be available in coming weeks in the US, Canada, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Portugal, and Poland, among other countries.

At a press conference in Rome announcing the book's appearance, Cardinal Camillo Ruini said that the volume offers a better opportunity for readers to reflect on the thoughts that Pope Benedict offered to young people in Cologne. He recalled that World Youth Day had generated enormous media attention, but the focus was largely on the spectacle rather than the content of the Pope's message.

Cardinal Ruini, who contributed an introduction to the book, observed that the Pope's thoughts deserved wider circulation, and by putting them in permanent form the book allows for "better assimilation of their content." In the collected addresses, he said, the dominant impression is "joy in the beauty of the faith, in the beauty of Christ, and in the life of Christ."

Archbishop Stanislas Rylko, the president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, also spoke at the book-launching press conference. He said that the Pope's book should not be regarded as a "souvenir volume," but as a manual for guidance, particularly for those who work with Catholic youth.

The Revolution of God includes 12 addresses. In addition to all of the Pontiff's remarks to the World Youth Day participants, it also includes his talks to Jewish and Muslim groups, and to the German bishops. The final address is from the August 24 audience in the Vatican's Paul VI auditorium, in which he reflected on the World Youth Day celebration.

The book takes its name from the talk that Benedict XVI delivered to the young people gathered at the Marienfeld park on August 20, 2005. There the Pope said: "The real revolution, the decision change in the world, comes only from God."

Pope Benedict XVI reviewed and approved the transcripts of his talks before publication, the Vatican revealed. Since the book is based on his prepared texts, however, it does not incorporate the extemporaneous remarks that he added during several appearances.


That's the way to do it. Skip the mosh and the multiplicitous languages, indulge in Juventutem activities, and just read the addresses later! I think I'm going to buy that book. :-)

Comments [2]

Anonymous Anonymous:

I like the idea of a Juventutem book.. :)

Tue Oct 18, 04:25:00 AM GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous:

"That's the way to do it. Skip the mosh and the multiplicitous languages, indulge in Juventutem activities, and just read the addresses later! I think I'm going to buy that book. :-)"

I just re-read this, and I agree :)

Sun Oct 23, 09:50:00 AM GMT  

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