August 20, 2012

Pope Benedict has finished the third volume of his opus, Jesus of Nazareth, and perhaps also will publish an encyclical letter during the upcoming Year of Faith, said Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican secretary of state.

The cardinal, Pope Benedict’s top collaborator, told reporters Aug. 1 that the pope had finished his manuscript on Jesus’ infancy and childhood.

The first volume of Jesus of Nazareth, covering the period from Jesus’ baptism to his Transfiguration, was published in 2007.

The second volume, looking at his passion and death, came out in 2011.