Pope "Astounded" at How Much He's Written

Exhibit Collects 600 Volumes in Dozens of Translations

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CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, SEPT. 15, 2011 (Zenit.org).- An exhibition organized by the German publisher Herder and the Vatican Publishing House was enough to bring Benedict XVI to be «slightly astounded,» he said today.

The exhibition, which the Pope visited today at Castel Gandolfo, brings together some 600 volumes of the various language editions of works written by Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI.

The exhibition was organized in the lead-up to the Holy Father’s visit to Germany later this month.

«I thank you for your efforts and commitment in seeking to make the works I have written known to the world, as I prepare for my apostolic trip to Germany,» he said. «For me, that journey will also be a moment to reflect upon what, through my ministry, I can do for the world and the Church.»

«I am moved and slightly astounded to see the amount of books I have created,» the Holy Father added. «My hope is that the words they contain may not just come and go, but that they help men and women to find their way.»

The Pontiff also thanked all those who were behind the scenes in his publications.

«The author does his part and enjoys the fame, the others remain behind the scenes and work without appearing but, in the silence, all are present,» he said. «I feel truly obliged, at this time, to express my thanks for all of this.»

The exhibition was put on display for the Holy Father at Castel Gandolfo, but it will also be available Friday to tourists at the Vatican and Sept. 24 at the headquarters of Herder in Freiburg.

The volumes represent more than 25 countries. For example, the exhibit contains the Romanian edition of «Salt of the Earth» and also the Chinese edition of «God and the World.»

The director of the Vatican Publishing House, Giuseppe Costa, remarked: «As the publisher with the rights to the Pope’s writings, it is a motive of great satisfaction for [Libreria Editrice Vaticana] to see them brought together in volumes translated into the most important languages of the world.»

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