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The Apostles Illustrated Edition (The Apostles) [Hardcover]

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Pages   174
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.74" Width: 7.02" Height: 0.65"
Weight:   1.26 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 29, 2008
Publisher   Our Sunday Visitor
ISBN  1592765386  
EAN  9781592765386  

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Through the Apostles, we come to Jesus himself. -- Pope Benedict XVI Expand the richness of Pope Benedict's timely, relevant, and Scripture-focused teachings on the Apostles with over sixty visually stunning, full-color illustrations from artists such as Giotto, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci. In this fascinating and inspirational journey with the chosen disciples of Jesus, Pope Benedict XVI demonstrates a profound, unbreakable continuity -- built upon the foundation of the Apostles and alive in the succession of the Apostles -- by which Christ is present today in His Church.

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Through the Apostles, we come to Jesus himself Pope Benedict XVI In this fascinating and inspirational journey with the chosen disciples of Jesus, Pope Benedict XVI demonstrates a profound, unbreakable continuity built upon the foundation of the Apostles and alive in the succession of the Apostles by which Christ is present today in His people and His church. Let Pope Benedict be your guide as the distance of centuries is overcome and he reveals the impact of Christ's vision through the calling and works of the Apostles. The eloquence of the Pope's words are further enhanced through the use of timeless Sacred art. This illustrated gift edition encompasses classic art from the masters such as Giotto, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci. Filled with over 60 beautiful color illustrations. Ignite your faith with this timeless connection between Jesus, His Apostles, the Church, and you. As Jesus said to his first two future Apostles, Come and see. Come so that you will be able to see.

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Pope Benedict XVI Benedict XVI (Latin: Benedictus XVI; born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger on 16 April 1927) is Pope emeritus of the Catholic Church, having served as Pope from 2005 to 2013. In that position, he was both the leader of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State. Benedict was elected on 19 April 2005 in a papal conclave following the death of Pope John Paul II, celebrated his papal inauguration Mass on 24 April 2005, and took possession of his cathedral, the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, on 7 May 2005.

Ordained as a priest in 1951 in his native Bavaria, Ratzinger established himself as a highly regarded university theologian by the late 1950s and was appointed a full professor in 1958. After a long career as an academic, serving as a professor of theology at several German universities—the last being the University of Regensburg, where he served as Vice President of the university in 1976 and 1977—he was appointed Archbishop of Munich and Freising and cardinal by Pope Paul VI in 1977, an unusual promotion for someone with little pastoral experience. In 1981, he settled in Rome when he became Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, one of the most important dicasteries of the Roman Curia. From 2002 until his election as pope, he was also Dean of the College of Cardinals, and as such, the primus inter pares among the cardinals. Prior to becoming pope, he was "a major figure on the Vatican stage for a quarter of a century" as "one of the most respected, influential and controversial members of the College of Cardinals"; he had an influence "second to none when it came to setting church priorities and directions" as one of John Paul II's closest confidants.

He was originally a liberal theologian, but adopted conservative views after 1968. His prolific writings defend traditional Catholic doctrine and values. During his papacy, Benedict XVI advocated a return to fundamental Christian values to counter the increased secularisation of many Western countries. He views relativism's denial of objective truth, and the denial of moral truths in particular, as the central problem of the 21st century. He taught the importance of both the Catholic Church and an understanding of God's redemptive love. Pope Benedict also revived a number of traditions including elevating the Tridentine Mass to a more prominent position. He renewed the relationship between the Catholic Church and art, viewing the use of beauty as a path to the sacred, promoted the use of Latin, and reintroduced traditional papal garments, for which reason he was called "the pope of aesthetics". He has been described as "the main intellectual force in the Church" since the mid-1980s. Several of Pope Benedict's students from his academic career are also prominent churchmen today and confidantes of him, notably Christoph Schönborn.

On 11 February 2013, Benedict announced his resignation in a speech in Latin before the cardinals, citing a "lack of strength of mind and body" due to his advanced age. His resignation became effective on 28 February 2013. He is the first pope to resign since Pope Gregory XII in 1415, and the first to do so on his own initiative since Pope Celestine V in 1294. As pope emeritus, Benedict retains the style of His Holiness, and the title of Pope, and will continue to dress in the papal colour of white. He was succeeded by Pope Francis on 13 March 2013, and he moved into the newly renovated Mater Ecclesiae monastery for his retirement on 2 May 2013.

Pope Benedict XVI was born in 1927.

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The Apostles Illustrated edition  May 8, 2009
I cant agree with the above comment of being (short changed ?). After all this is a book about Jesus's very 1st Apostles.That are mentined in the 4 1st books of the new testament. Long before Paul enters the story. Benedict did right since these 12 were Jesus closest friends and followers. And are listed as such in the Bible.And also the one who took Judus's place. It is a wonderful book. If you want Paul and the others there are hundreds of books about the early church to chosse from. This Book is great and the art prints are well worth the price of the book.I give a A+ and Five Stars... Truly a good book....
Book is not complete.  Apr 16, 2009
This is really a great book and I learned alot from it. However, I have one major complaint. It leaves off the chapter dealing with Paul and the whole 3rd section of the original book that tells about Stephen, Barnabas, Timothy, and Pricilla among others. I didn't realize this until after I purchased the book and feel somewhat short changed. Great read, but buyer beware. You are not getting the complete text of the original.
Beautiful Book & Great Catechesis  Jan 17, 2009
"The Apostles: Illustrated Edition" is a compilation of Pope Benedict XVI's weekly general audiences given from March 15, 2006 to October 18, 2006. The first thing one notices about this illustrated edition is the incredible beauty of the book. Almost every page features a painting or mosaic of the apostles by some of the greatest artists of all time. Works by Vasari, Raphael, Caravaggio, Giotto, Tintoretto, and many others provide a visual catechesis to accompany the insightful text.

Part one of the book focuses on "The Origins of the Church." Pope Benedict explains how the number twelve was highly symbolic to the Israelites. "The system of the twelve tribes had long since faded out. . .In choosing the Twelve, introducing them into a communion of life with himself and involving them in the mission of proclaiming the Kingdom . . .Jesus wants to say that the definitive time has arrived in which to constitute the new People of God . . .which now becomes a universal people, his Church." At the Last Supper, Jesus created "a new community, a community united in communion with himself." The focus of this new communion is love. By virtue of the Church, we are invited into a relationship with the Trinity. "It is communion of men and women with the Trinitarian God and communion of men and women with one another." Pope Benedict then turns his attention to the ways in which the Holy Spirit continues to inspire and sustain the Church, with a special focus on the importance of apostolic succession.

In the second part, Pope Benedict explores what we know about each of the original twelve apostles plus Matthias (who replaced Judas Iscariot). He offers very interesting insights such as how all Rabbis were expected to have five disciples, but when he increased that number to twelve, "the newness of his mission became evident." He examines the ups and downs of the spiritual journey of Peter who would ultimately become the first leader of the new Church. He emphasizes the unique role of Andrew as the "first called," a role that is emphasized in the Byzantine tradition. He acknowledges the discussion that swirls around the apostle John - was he really "the one Jesus loved?" but focuses on John's unique theological insights revealed in scripture and his emphasis on love. He reflects on the status of Matthew as a tax collector, a job held in total disdain by the Jewish people. In choosing Matthew, Jesus clearly offers "God's grace to the sinner."

"The Apostles: Illustrated Edition" is fascinating reading, beautifully packaged. Pope Benedict is a wonderful teacher, eager to share the faith and our faith's history with anyone willing to listen. He has once again created a marvelous work, worth reading and rereading. He invites us into friendship with these chosen twelve as well as reflection on how we are called to continue the apostolic mission today.

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