VATICAN CITY (AFP) – Pope Benedict XVI has “in recent days” completed the third volume of his trilogy “Jesus of Nazareth”, devoted this time to the childhood of Christ, the Vatican announced Thursday.
“Translation into various languages, directly from the original in German, has begun,” the Holy See said in a statement. The aim is to publish the book simultaneously in several languages, but the Vatican gave no release date for “this important and awaited text”.
The second tome of the trilogy, which deals with the end of Jesus’s life from the entry into Jerusalem to the resurrection, was published in March 2011 in seven languages and 1.2 million copies.
The first volume (2007) covered the period between Jesus’s baptism in the River Jordan and his transfiguration.
The books are signed Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI because the pope began writing his life of Jesus while he was still a cardinal and prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, whose task is to watch over adherence to Roman Catholic dogma.