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A book written by 50 Spanish celebrities reviews the legacy of Benedict XVI

2013-05-29

JAIME MAYOR OREJA
President, Fundación Valores y Sociedad
"The Pope never ceased to stress the importance of  truth, the strength within it and weighted it against relativism. He taught us that the 'socialization' of nothing, the belief in nothing is our main rival. I think that this is something nobody has ever pointed out except the Pope. That's why he was a unique leader in this sense: he was the only one who took an in-depth view of what is happening to us.”

The book launch in Rome was attended by Spanish Cardinal Antonio Cañizares, who underscored the pope emeritus' intellectual influence. A view shared by all of the book's authors, who seeked to show the impact of Benedict XVI's message in different areas of society and from very different viewpoints.

IGNACIO SÁNCHEZ CÁMARA
Co-author, 'Talking to the Pope'
"There is a valid message for everyone, not only for intellectuals or academics, even though it certainly seems to have been written for them. And in that sense I am also interested to see what impact it has on people who are not exactly intellectuals. I want to see how it is received by those who have learned the value of beauty, of athletic or artistic endeavor from the Pope himself."

FRANCISCO JOSÉ CONTRERAS
Co-author, 'Talking to the Pope'
"We wanted a sample as representative as possible of current society. That meant it had to be extremely diverse. We needed convinced Catholics, but also agnostics and people who are unsure about religion. From a professional point of view, we didn't want it to be ultra-specialized, with only politicians or economists.”

The authors submitted their final draft to the publisher on February 8, just three days before Benedict XVI's historical resignation.

JAIME MAYOR OREJA
President, Fundación Valores y Sociedad
"I had no idea the Pope was going to resign on February 11, so I think it was providential. It was a milestone date: the resignation alone justifies the book, but the book itself was not made because of the resignation. It was born out of respect and admiration for a truly exceptional man, Pope Benedict.”

Although the publication's original aim was to reflect on the moral leadership of Benedict XVI and the impact of his message, after his resignation the book has become a worthy tribute to his papacy.


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