Reports are coming in about the sales of Pope Benedict’s new book, Jesus of Nazareth. In some 10 days after its release, 510 thousand copies have been sold in Italy, 480 thousand in Germany and in Poland 100 thousand.
The Greek edition comes with a letter by the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, who expresses "great and burning interest" for the work. He sees it as being a help to ecumenical dialogue.
Since I returned to the USA for the funeral of Msgr. Richard Schuler, I brought back an extra copy in German as a gift to a priest friend, Fr. George Welzbacher. In addition to being one of the smartest people I know, his German is very strong. He told me that Pope Benedict’s style is clear and elegant, easy to follow. This does not surprise me in the least. I haven’t started into the German edition, but I am well along in the Italian.
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