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  • Author:
    Peter Seewald
  • ISBN:
    1586171909
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    978-1586171902
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    Ignatius Press; 1st Ed. edition (October 30, 2008)
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    260 pages
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Benedict XVI: An Intimate. has been added to your Cart. Seewald tells of his commission in 1993 to write an article on the oft-mistunderstood "Panzerkardinal" and in what I think is the most interesting part of this book, recounts some of the interviews he conducted in preparation for that story. Interviewees include those supportive of the Cardinal (including his own brother, Georg) and those who resent the Cardinal (like Hans Küng). In his interviews, Seewald says that he came away with a dual view of the Cardinal.

Peter Seewald's portrait of Benedict recounts details about the personality and life of Benedict that were hitherto completely unknown.

In the person of Benedict XVI, the Church has a Pope who is one of the. Peter Seewald's portrait of Benedict recounts details about the personality and life of Benedict that were hitherto completely unknown.

In the person of Benedict XVI, the Church has a Pope who is one of the most significant of Europe's intellectuals. The journalist Peter Seewald, who has known Ratzinger since 1992, conducted the "longest interviews in Church history" with him, for two books which were best-sellers world-wide, Salt of the Earth, and God and the World. In the person of Benedict XVI, the Church has a Pope who is one of the most significant of Europe's intellectuals.

Benedict XVI: an intimate portrait. 2008, Ignatius Press.

Pope Benedict XVI (Latin: Benedictus XVI; Italian: Benedetto XVI; German: Benedikt XVI; born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger; German pronunciation: ; 16 April 1927) is a retired prelate of the Catholic Church who served as head.

Pope Benedict XVI (Latin: Benedictus XVI; Italian: Benedetto XVI; German: Benedikt XVI; born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger; German pronunciation: ; 16 April 1927) is a retired prelate of the Catholic Church who served as head of the Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 2005 until his resignation in 2013.

When Peter Seewald published a book-length interview with Cardinal Ratzinger in 1996, it was met with silence by the German intellectual and theological establishment.

Benedict XVI gives book-length interview to German journalist. Mr Seewald has written three other books about the Pope, The German Pope – From Joseph Ratzinger to Benedict XVI, Benedict XVI: An Intimate Portrait and Benedict XVI: Life and Mission. Peter Seewald's interviews with Pope Benedict XVI for his book Salt of the Earth were also put on CD. Pope Benedict XVI has given a series of interviews to a German journalist that will form the basis of a new book to be published later this year.

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In the person of Pope Benedict XVI, one of the most significant of Europe's intellectuals is heading-up the Vatican. The journalist Peter Seewald, who has known Ratzinger since 1992, conducted the "longest interviews in church history" with him, for two books which were best-sellers world-wide, Salt of the Earth, God and the World.

Now he describes these intensive encounters in detail for the first time, and draws a portrait of this brilliant theologian who has put his life entirely at the service of the Catholic Church. Above and beyond that, this book is also the story of a long dialogue which changed Seewald's life.

Many people are trying to understand who Benedict XVI really is. On one point they are all agreed: in the person of Joseph Ratzinger, the chair of Peter is occupied by one of the most brilliant minds in the world. Peter Seewald's portrait of Benedict recounts details about the personality and life of Benedict which were hitherto completely unknown.


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Three and a half years into Pope Benedict XVI's reign as the Vicar of Christ, this is exactly the type of biography that should be coming out. After the flurry of hastily prepared books (some quality, some not), Seewald gives us a thoughtful, in-depth portrait of the pontiff.

Seewald, of course, was the impetus behind Salt of the Earth and God of the World, two important books written in conjunction with the then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. This book offers a glimpse into the process of Seewald's introduction into the world of Ratzinger and his subsequent reconversion back into the Church. Seewald tells of his commission in 1993 to write an article on the oft-mistunderstood "Panzerkardinal" and in what I think is the most interesting part of this book, recounts some of the interviews he conducted in preparation for that story. Interviewees include those supportive of the Cardinal (including his own brother, Georg) and those who resent the Cardinal (like Hans Küng). In his interviews, Seewald says that he came away with a dual view of the Cardinal.

Eventually, Seewald gets to interview Cardinal Ratzinger himself for the two books, and he recounts the travails involved in this process. In addition, Seewald credits Ratzinger for his move from an atheist-Communist-apostate to reentry into full communion with the Church. In this sense, it is as much Seewald's story as it is Ratzinger/Pope Benedict's, but God as he works through Pope Benedict exists at the center of the work.

While not as detailed as Brennan Pursell's Benedict of Bavaria with regard to Ratzinger's childhood experiences, I found these sections to be sufficient and appropriate given the goals of the book. One is given an overall impression of Ratzinger's life from childhood, through his appointment to as the Cardinal Archbishop of Munich, to the sometimes-shackling position as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Throughout, Benedict's great intellect and humility shine forth as perhaps his defining qualities.

Overall, this is the best biography of Benedict I have read and I greatly appreciate Mr. Seewald's work. I recommend it to anyone who wants to gain knowledge about perhaps the most important man of this age.
Todal
A very good book about a very good pope!
Dead Samurai
Well written, well thought, easy to read and follow book full of stories and inspiring text for both Catholics and non Catholics alike.
Thozius
Excellent
Zeli
Destiny put Seewald & Ratzinger together; this is not your average run of the mill biography you find on popular collection shelves. Seewald is one of the good guys and he invites you into his worldview by revealing how Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI changed his life. Seewald himself is not the main focus, it's Ratzinger every step of the way, but as his narrative thread Seewald uses how he came to respect and admire Ratzinger the man, so much so that Seewald himself renewed himself back into the Church soon after his first collaboration with Ratzinger, Salt of the Earth. "So I did it silently -- and secretly rejoiced."

Split into three parts, Seewald uses his journalist skills to make the biography feel like a narrative. He talks about his initial impressions of Cardinal Ratzinger in the 1990s, how he sought to smear him with a newspaper article, how he sought to expose Ratzinger's character by interviewing his critics, how Ratzinger himself won him over with his views and with his demeanor. How their interactions made history with Salt of the Earth and God and the World. There's a charm to Seewald's text (his offbeat asides especially, such as how a woman of faith is made more attractive because she believes).

Never would Joseph Ratzinger have thought that a reformed atheistic, Communist, muckraking journalist would become the official biographer of Benedict XVI, but here we have an intimate portrait of mutual respect and perhaps even love. In the wake of Benedict's resignation in February 2013, it was revealed Seewald is planning the sequel (and undoubtedly his final) work on the emeritus pope, due out in 2014. A must read for anyone interested in one of culture's greatest figures.