Benedict Up Close

The Inside Story of Eight Dramatic Years

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Widely recognized as one of the most talented and respected journalists in Rome, Paul Badde offers here a unique glimpse into the drama of Pope Benedict’s pontificate. He doesn’t simply capture the various reasons for which Benedict XVI will go down in history, Badde chronicles the almost superhuman struggle against overwhelming hostilities that formed against this shy and exceedingly kind man.

With fascinating vignettes back into history, you’ll learn how Pope Benedict’s experiences in a totalitarian Germany impacted the papacy and the Church, and how this son of a policeman became the “Thomas Aquinas of our time” — one of the most brilliant and accomplished minds on the globe.

Leaning on his own personal conversations with Pope Benedict as well as his extensive interviews with those within the Holy Father’s inner circle, Badde explains how Pope Benedict dealt with the blows and calumnies that rained down on him during those tempestuous eight years. You’ll come to a deeper appreciation of Pope Benedict’s goodness and holiness, and you’ll understand why only he could have steered the ship of the Church during the storms of our time.

With Paul Badde, you’ll have a close-up view of Pope Benedict XVI’s pontificate as you learn:

  • Why he removed “Patriarch of the West” from the pope’s list of titles
  • What led the pope’s valet – one the few people who had unfettered access to the pope – to betray his secrets
  • Why he included the scallop shell on his coat of arms
  • Why he had such a strong devotion to the Face of Jesus
  • What he was really trying to say in his Regensburg Address that infuriated Muslims throughout the world
  • Why his visit to Turkey, despite threats from Al Qaeda, was so important
  • The bold way in which he reintroduced the Latin Mass
  • His answer to the visible disagreements between books of the Bible
  • Why he chose Benedict XVI as his name
  • An inside look at his schedule and how he approaches his writings
  • Why he chose to resign on the Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes
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  • Pages: 208
  • Format(s): Paperback, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-68278-038-1
  • Product Code: Q80381
  • Availability: In Stock
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Insightful book about Pope Benedict XVI
A beautiful, touching, and insightful collection of articles and reminiscences about Pope Benedict XVI filled with fascinating details about important events in his pontificate - beyond what I had previously read in the press. One comes away with a greater love, appreciation, and understanding of Benedict XVI. Wonderful book!
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Concise History of an Amazing Papacy
Mr. Badde certainly cares about his subject matter. He is a wonderful journalist. His reporting on Pope Benedict's Papacy is wonderful. This is a terrific history of eight amazing years and an amazing Pope.
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A record of the Benedict era sincerely reported from a diary maintained by a journalist. The greatness of the pope is revealed from personal contact and experiences.
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Educational
Learned so much about Pope Benedict XVI and about some of the issues he had to deal with. Reading this strengthened my faith and increased my knowledge.
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This book covers large-scale events and happenings and also the day-to-day things that the media would have overlooked (and did). I appreciate the orderly way this book was composed, and think it was a great idea to have this compiled, so that it won't be lost as time goes on. I also appreciate his insight on different events and issues, as he saw more first-hand than common people like me, ever would.
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