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Thursday, July 07, 2005

Pope's First Book to Answer "Do You Know the Way to Jesus Christ?"

Ignatius Press has announced the release this fall of Pope Benedict's first book since his elevation:

Though Jesus Christ is as popular as ever – as evidenced by recent books, films and news articles, many wonder whether this "popular" Jesus is an accurate rendering of the true Jesus of Christianity. So many articles and books ask "Who was Jesus Christ?" And yet, the Jesus they construct seems somehow incongruent with the Jesus of Christianity. The "popular" Jesus makes no demands and never challenges people. Everything and everyone is okay with him, under all circumstances. In fact, even though many see the "pop" Jesus as representing God, they don't perceive him as making any judgment upon their actions or lives.

But this "phantom" Jesus is not a real figure, according to Pope Benedict XVI.

"On The Way To Jesus Christ" – the newest book by Pope Benedict XVI which will be released exclusively by Ignatius Press in October 2005 – is about the true Jesus, the Jesus of the Gospels, who is "quite different, demanding and bold." This Jesus is controversial, inconvenient, and brings an often unpopular – and largely unfollowed – message.
The book, expected to retail around $20, is based on a series of meditations written by then cardinal, Joseph Ratzinger. The publication date is set for October 3. Orders can be placed through http://www.ignatius.com.

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