In 2007, Joseph Ratzinger published his first book as Pope Benedict XVI in order “to make known the figure and message of Jesus”. Now, the Pope focuses exclusively on the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life as a child. The root of these stories is the experience of hope found in the birth of Jesus and the affirmations of surrender and service embodied in his parents, Joseph and Mary.
"An Insightful Book from a Great Theologian"
In this bold, momentous work, the pope, in his first book written as Benedict XVI, seeks to salvage the person of Jesus from recent "popular" depictions and to restore Jesus' true identity as discovered in the Gospels. Through his brilliance as a theologian and his personal conviction as a believer, the pope shares a rich, compelling, flesh-and-blood portrait of Jesus and incites us to encounter, face-to-face, the central figure of the Christian faith.
Shortly after his election on Apr. 19, 2005, Pope Benedict XVI emerged onto the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica, spoke to a crowd of tens of thousands and gave his first blessing as the Catholic Church's 265th pontiff.
At a Mass in St. Peter's Square, Pope Benedict XVI is formally installed as the Catholic Church's 265th pontiff. The Mass, called "the ceremony of investiture," is celebrated by the senior cardinal deacon, Jorge ArturoMedina Estevez of Chile.