.- Pope Benedict XVI may be working on the conclusion of the expected social encyclical or on a new document during his vacation in Bressanone, according to Vatican spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, who spoke to reporters on the first day of the Popeâs vacation in German-speaking northern Italy.
âItâs possible he will spend some time on the second part of his book about Jesus or on the conclusion of his long-awaited social encyclical. Or perhaps he is thinking of something different, like last year, when we were all expecting the social encyclical after his vacation in Cadore and instead he wrote Spe salvi,â Father Lombardi said.
This is the eleventh time Pope Benedict XVI has visited the seminary at Bressanone. âThe Pope comes specifically to the seminary, which he is very familiar with, especially the library, which he has had a key to since the time he was a cardinal,â said the seminaryâs rector Father Ivo Muser.
Recalling the motto âPietas et Scientiaâ (Piety and Knowledge) that is displayed over the entrance of the 400 year-old seminary, Father Muser noted that the seminary possesses âa great heritage of culture and art that is very stimulating for the Holy Father.â
It was at this seminary where then Cardinal Ratzinger wrote the first chapters of his book, âJesus of Nazareth,â and where in 1984, as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, he was interviewed by Vittorio Messori for his book, âThe Ratzinger Report.â
During his first full day of vacation, the Pope spent all of his time inside the seminary.