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Last Testament
Author: Pope Benedict XVI

ISBN: 9781472944610
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 3 November 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.5 x 2.3
Description:
Since retiring from the Papacy, Pope Benedict has lived quietly in a convent in the Vatican gardens in Rome. He has devoted himself to a life of prayer and study and has vowed until now to remain silent.

So much controversy still surrounds Pope Benedict`s Papacy - in this book he addresses these controversies and reveals how at his late age, governing and reforming the Papacy and particularly the Vatican, was beyond him.

But the book is also an autobiography - Pope Benedict starts by recalling his childhood in Germany under Hitler and the Nazis when he joined Hitler Youth under duress. It goes on to cover his early life as a priest and eventually his appointment as Archbishop of Munich. After becoming Pope, his account deals with the controversies that rocked the catholic world - how he enraged the Muslim world with his Regensburg speech, what he did and did not do to stamp out the clerical sexual abuse of children, the Vatileaks scandal and more.

At all times, we see a man who is shy and retiring and modest being exceptionally open and frank with the outside world. There is included a chapter called Shortfalls and Failures. For one th...

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