November 22, 2010.
German journalist Peter Seewald has written a book based on an exclusive interview with Pope Benedict XVI. The long awaited book has been released and will be available in bookstores around the world in eight languages. The book is called “Light of the world: The Pope, The Church, and the Signs of the Times,” in which the Pope speaks about his life and the most contentious issues in the church such as celibacy, the ordination of women, sexuality, condom use and the sexual abuse crisis.
This is the third interview the Pope has done with the German journalist, but the first during his papacy. The first two books were “The Salt of the Earth” and “God and the World” based on interviews when the Pope was still a cardinal.
This is not the first time a pope has agreed to an interview to be published in a book. John Paul II and the journalist Vittorio Messori had similar discussions that turned into the book “Crossing the Threshold of Hope.”