Milestones: Memoirs, 1927-1977

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Ignatius Press, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 156 pages
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Presents the life and acccomplishments of the man who became Pope Benedict the Sixteenth, from his early life in Nazi Germany, through his theological education, to his appointment as archbishop of Munich and Freising in 1977.

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User Review  - Rodrigo - Goodreads

It is hard no to be compelled by Cardinal Ratzinger's (and now pope Benedict XVI) memories. Here is a man that was born in a small german village from a modest family and who was, since the beginning ... Read full review

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User Review  - Michael Kramer - Goodreads

Very interesting autobiography. Read full review

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Childhood between the Inn and the Salzach Rivers
First School Years in the VillageThe Shadow of the Third Reich
Gymnasium Years in Traunstein
War Service and Imprisonment
In the Seminary at Freising
Theological Studies in Munich
The Drama of My Habilitation and the Freising Years
Professorship in Bonn
Beginning of the Council and Transfer to Münster
Münster and Tübingen
The Regensburg Years
Archbishop of Munich and Freising

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About the author (1998)

On April 19, 2005, CARDINAL JOSEPH RATZINGER was elected POPE BENEDICT XVI and became the 264th successor to Peter as the "Vicar of Jesus Christ." He may well be the most accomplished theologian to be elected Pope in modern times. Beginning in 1981 he spent over 20 years as the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, a role often depicted as the "defender of the faith." Cardinal Ratzinger was also President of the Pontifical Biblical Commission and of the Preparatory Commission that codified the new "Catechism of the Catholic Church," published in 1994.

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