Pope Benedict is set to begin his summer holiday at Castel Gandolfo, the Papal summer residence today, and it is thought he will spend it writing.
It is well known that before his election to the Chair of St Peter, the then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was looking forward to retirement – after being head of the CDF since 1981 – and a quiet life as a theologian. As so often happens however, God had other plans, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Earlier this week the Vatican Insider reported that Benedict was delaying the start of his holidays, in order to spend an extra day with his brother, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger who is his only living relative. Today however, he is moving to the Papal summer residence and it is mooted that he has two main jobs to do, other than resting of course. The first is writing his addresses for the World Youth Day in Madrid, which is now a little over a month away. The second is said to be the writing of the third part of his study on Jesus.
After covering Christ’s ministry in part 1 and Holy Week, the resurrection and the ascension in part 2, the third is going to cover the infancy narratives, it will therefore be based on the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, since John and Mark say nothing about the birth of Jesus.
Let us hope he has some time to relax as well.
Of related interest:
|Jesus of Nazareth Vol. I – Pope Benedict successfully corrects certain erroneous tendencies in modern biblical scholarship which have diminished our confidence in the reliability of Scripture and in our ability to know Jesus through it.|
|Verbum Domini – Verbum Domini has already been acclaimed as the most important document on the word of God since the Second Vatican Council. In it, Pope Benedict XVI, whose writings on Sacred Scripture are widely admired, summarises the reflections of the Synod Fathers who met in 2008 to discuss the ‘word of God in the life and mission of the Church’.|
|Light of The World – Never has a Pope, in a book-length interview, dealt so directly with such wide-ranging and controversial issues as Pope Benedict XVI does in Light of the World.|