The Apostles: The Origin of the Church and Their Co-Workers

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Our Sunday Visitor Publishing, 2007 - Religion - 174 pages
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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 Church.

"At the start of the third millennium, my beloved predecessor John Paul II invited the Church to contemplate the Face of Christ (cf. "Novo Millennio Ineunte," n. 16 ff.). Continuing in the same direction, I would like to show in this book how it is precisely the light of that Face that is reflected on the face of the Church (cf. "Lumen Gentium," n. 1), notwithstanding the limits and shadows of our fragile and sinful humanity. After Mary, a pure reflection of the light of Christ, it is from the Apostles, through their word and witness, that we receive the truth of Christ. Their mission is not isolated, however, but is situated wthin a mystery of communion that involves the entire People of God and is carried out in stages from the Old to the New Covenant." -- From The Apostles

  

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Review: The Apostles: The Origin of the Church and Their Co-Workers

User Review  - Gil Michelini - Goodreads

This is a good introduction to the Apostles. The text is taken from homilies the pope gave. It starts strong with great insight on the most well known of the 12 and then trickles to the end as if he ... Read full review

Review: The Apostles: The Origin of the Church and Their Co-Workers

User Review  - Kathy Petersen - Goodreads

The Pope Emeritus' little book is more devotional than historical but firmly set on the base of the bible and quite interesting for what it is. Read full review

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Contents

Christ and the Church
9
The Gift of Communion
19
Communion in Time Tradition
27
Having a Vision from on High
37
The Apostles
43
Peter
45
Andrew the Protoclete
59
James the Greater
65
Thomas the Twin
101
Bartholomew
107
Simon and Jude
111
Judas Iscariot and Matthias
117
Paul
123
The CoWorkers of the Apostles
141
Timothy and Titus
143
Stephen the Protomartyr
149

James the Lesser
69
John
75
Matthew
89
Philip
95
Barnabas Silas Silvanus and Apollos
155
Priscilla and Aquila
163
Women at the Service of the Gospel
169
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About the author (2007)

Joseph Ratzinger was born on April 16, 1927 in Marktl am Inn in the state of Bavaria, Germany. Ratzinger entered the minor seminary in Traunstein, in 1939 and in 1943 along with the rest of his seminary class he was drafted into the Flak [anti-aircraft corps]. In 1944 he was released from the Flak and returned home only to be drafted into labor detail under the infamous Austrian Legion. In the spring of 1945 Ratzinger deserted the army and headed home but when the Americans arrive at his village shortly thereafter, he was identified as a German soldier and incarcerated in a POW camp for a brief time. Following his release he re-entered the seminary. In 1951 Joseph was ordained into the priesthood and began lectures as a full professor of fundamental theology at the University of Bonn. From 1962-65 Ratzinger was present during all four sessions of the Second Vatican Council as a peritus, or chief theological advisor to Cardinal Joseph Frings of Cologne, Germany. . In 1977 Joseph Ratzinger was appointed Archbishop of Munich and Freising and on June 27 elevated to Cardinal of Munich by Pope Paul VI. In 1981 Ratzinger accepted Pope John Paul II's invitation to take over as Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and in 1986 he was appointed head of a 12-member commission responsible for drafting the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Cardinal Ratzinger was elected vice dean of the College of Cardinals in 1988. In 2002 Pope John Paul II, approved his election as dean of the College of Cardinals. On April 8, 2005, Cardinal Ratzinger presided over the funeral of Pope John Paul II. On April 19, 2005, Cardinal Ratzinger was elected Bishop of Rome on the fourth ballot of the conclave and took the name Benedict XVI.

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