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Benedict XVI Writes Preface to Russian Version of Omnia

Metropolitan Gave Pope Francis, Benedict XVI a Copy of the Volume

Pope Benedict has written the preface to the Russian version of the Opera Omnia (‘Collected Works’) by Joseph Ratzinger ‘Theology of the Liturgy,’ reported the Joseph Ratzinger – Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation, a Vatican institute inspired by the German Pontiff.

On September 25, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, president of the Department for External Church Relations of the Patriarchate of Moscow, was present in Rome for an ecumenical meeting, where he gave Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI a copy of the volume XI of the Opera Omnia by Joseph Ratzinger, ‘Theology of the Liturgy,’ translated and published in Russian for the editions of the Patriarchate of Moscow.

The initiative is the result of formal scientific and editorial cooperation between the Publishing House of the Patriarchate of Moscow, the International Association “Sofia: Russian Idea, Idea of ​​Europe,” the International “Sapientia et Scientia” Academy, Libreria Editrice Vaticana and the Joseph Ratzinger – Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation.

Decided with the metropolitan, a solemn presentation of the volume will be organized in the spring in Moscow at the Theological School of the Patriarchate, in conjunction with the summer session of the academy’s work. The initiative will continue with the Russian publication of the trilogy on Jesus of Nazareth.

The Joseph Ratzinger – Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation has published the Preface written by Pope Benedict XVI for the volume on the Liturgy, of which Metropolitan Hilarion wanted to be the curator for the Russian edition. It can be accessed in Italian here: http://www.fondazioneratzinger.va/content/dam/fondazioneratzinger/contributi/Prefazione%20Papa%20emerito%20edizione%20russa%20Opera%20omnia.pdf

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in four languages). She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done commentary for various media, including television and Vatican Radio. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with Salt & Light, EWTN, and NBC Universal. For 'The Other Francis': https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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