.- An extensive new website dedicated to a book on Pope Benedict XVIâs papacy launched on Dec. 1 under the sponsorship of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The bishopsâ conference published the book âBenedict XVI: Essays and Reflections on His Papacyâ in the fall in conjunction with Rowan & Littlefield Publishersâ imprint Sheed & Ward.
The new website provides a tour of the new book with a photo gallery and excerpts from its essays and personal reflections.
It provides video clips from contributors Cardinal Sean OâMalley of Boston, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago and Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York.
The book itself is edited by Sr. Mary Ann Walsh, RSM, who directs USCCB media relations. She characterized it as a âCliff Notesâ for understanding Pope Benedict.
Forewords to the book were written by King Abdullah II of Jordan and President Shimon Peres of Israel. It includes introductory material from Cardinal George, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, and John Thavis, who is Rome bureau chief for Catholic News Service.
The book includes more than 100 full-color photographs showing Pope Benedict in formal public appearances, in meetings with leaders and lay Catholics, and in quiet moments of personal study or contemplation.
Visitors to the new site can also purchase the book through various retailers. The site is located at http://www.popebenedictbook.com.