Rome, Italy, Mar 9, 2011 / 13:06 pm
The new book by Pope Benedict XVI, “Jesus of Nazareth. From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection,” will soon be available in electronic format, the director of the Vatican’s Liberia Editrice, Giuseppe Costa, announced March 9.
Costa, who handles the publishing of the Pope's books, spoke on March 9 with reporter Giulia Galeotti of L’Osservatore Romano. Costa explained that the process of publishing the Pope's second of three books on Christ began “almost a year ago.” At the time, “Msgr. Georg Ganswein (the Pope’s personal secretary) handed me a notebook full of notes: the Pope had written the text completely in pencil, in his unmistakably small handwriting, which ... was transcribed onto a computer by Brigit Wansing,” he said.
Speaking later about the difficulty of the translations, Costa remarked that since the Pope's books are translated by various people, “the challenge has been to find a consistency of language.”
“It’s also necessary to avoid the risk that the translations fail to preserve or even betray the author’s thinking. Fidelity to the original text has been ensured with attention and effort by the translators of the Secretary of State.”