Pope's Writing Projects Under Wraps

LES COMBES, Italy, JULY 24, 2005 (Zenit.org).- The topic of the book Benedict XVI is writing during his vacation in the Italian Alps is a secret, says a Vatican spokesman.

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«It will only be known when it goes on sale in bookstores,» said Joaquín Navarro Valls, director of the Vatican press office, from the Val d’Aosta region.

«For the time being he is working on this publishing project and not on the encyclical,» he added, explaining that the book has been in progress for the past three years.

The Holy Father is dedicating the mornings of his Alpine vacation to writing the book.

Asked about the topic of Benedict XVI’s first encyclical, Navarro Valls replied: «I am not inside his mind, so I cannot yet say what its basic structure will be.»

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