Vatican Publishing House Marks 80th Year

VATICAN CITY, DEC. 13, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI marked the 80th anniversary of the Vatican Publishing House, or Libreria Editrice Vaticana.

The Pope encouraged its work at the end of today’s general audience in Paul VI Hall. The audience was attended by representatives of the Holy See’s publishing house, headed by Salesian Father Claudio Rossini.

Benedict XVI has given the rights of publication of his forthcoming book on Jesus, to be published in the spring, to the Libreria Editrice Vaticana. At the international level, the Libreria has ceded these rights to Rizzoli Publishers.

The origins of the Vatican publishing house date back to 1587, when Pope Sixtus V founded the Vatican Printing Press. In 1926 the Libreria Editrice was constituted as an autonomous organization.

The basic goal of the Vatican publishing house is the publication of papal and Holy See statements and documents. Its activity also includes publications on doctrine, liturgy and Catholic culture.

The retail shop of the Vatican publishing house opened Feb. 7 in St. Peter’s Square with the name John Paul II International Bookstore. Over the past year, it has been visited by 450,000 people.

Its book catalogue offers titles in 20 languages.

See: www.vatican.va/roman_curia/institutions_connected/lev/docs_lev/it/catalogo.htm.

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