(Vatican Radio) The official
inauguration of the Library Biblioteca Romana Joseph Ratzinger – Benedetto XVI – dedicated
to the life and the thought of the Pope Emeritus as a scholar and a Pontiff - was
held on Wednesday evening at the Pontifical Teutonic College.
Before becoming Pope, Cardinal
Joseph Ratzinger celebrated Mass every week at the College, which serves the German-speaking
community and is located on the Vatican grounds.
The library is a collection
of more than 1000 books in 36 languages provided by Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, by
the Libreria Editrice Vaticana, by the Vatican Foundation, and by the Papst Benedikt
XVI Institute of Regensburg.
Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi,
the President of the Pontifical Council of Culture, began the evening with an academic
lecture at the nearby Augustinian Patristic Institute, entitled “From the Bible to
the Library – Benedict XVI and the Culture of the Word of God."
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Cardinal Ravasi said even as
the pastor of the universal Church, Benedict XVI never stopped being a lover of books.
"The current collection of
writings by him and about him attests precisely to his impressive resume as a scholar,
theologian, and reader," Cardinal Ravasi said.
He noted the wide breadth of
his knowledge, not only of the classics to theology, but also modern authors such
as Bernanos, Buber, Camus, Hölderlin, Nietzsche, Sartre and others.
After the lecture, the attendees
walked to the new Library, which is expected to be a centre for the study of the theology
of Benedict XVI, both before and after he became Pope. The library's goal is to have
a copy of all his works, in every language possible, as well as the important volumes
about the Pope emeritus and his thought.
The Library Biblioteca
Romana Joseph Ratzinger – Benedetto XVI has been supported by the Roman Institute
of the Society of Görres and by the Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation.