Writings of Pope Benedict XVI


After the great Pope John Paul II, the Cardinals have elected me,
a simple and humble laborer in the vineyard of the Lord.
The fact that the Lord knows how to work and to act even with inadequate instruments comforts me,
and above all I entrust myself to your prayers.
Let us move forward in the joy of the Risen Lord, confident of His unfailing help.
The Lord will help us and Mary, His Most Holy Mother, will be on our side.


Writings of Pope Benedict XVI

On April 19th, 2005, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger was elected to be the 265th pope. He took the name Benedict XVI. As Pope John Paul II's chief doctrinal officer and key advisor, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger was the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from 1981 to 2005. He is the most revered prelate, scholar, theologian, teacher and Catholic author of our time. Pope Benedict possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of theology; a command of biblical, patristic, scholastic, and contemporary sources; and an elegance as a thinker and writer.

He received his doctorate in theology in 1953 from the University of Munich. Beginning in 1959, he taught theology at the University of Bonn. Pope Benedict became more widely known when, during the Second Vatican Council and at the age of 35, he was appointed chief theological advisor for the Archbishop of Cologne, Cardinal Joseph Frings, for the four year duration of the Council. After continuing his teaching at several German universities, Ratzinger was appointed by Pope Paul VI in March 1977 as Archbishop of Munich and Freising. In June 1977, he was elevated to Cardinal.

Pope John Paul II summoned Cardinal Ratzinger to Rome in November 1981, and named him Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, President of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, and President of the International Theological Commission.

Pope Benedict writes with conciseness, clarity, simplicity, optimism and kindness; and uses copious reference to Holy Scripture, of which he has an encyclopedic knowledge.  His insight into God's Law is clear and precise, for all to understand.


When we pray we speak to God;
but when we read,
God speaks to us.

In prayer, God hears our petitions,
but in reading we listen to
His Voice.

Spiritual reading and prayer are the arms by which
hell is conquered and paradise won.