Archbishop-designate Georg Ganswein holds up the Italian-language children’s book The Mystery of a Little Pond in Rome Dec. 11.

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Archbishop-designate Georg Ganswein holds up the Italian-language children’s book The Mystery of a Little Pond in Rome Dec. 11.

December 24, 2012

A new children’s book, released by the Vatican publishing house, accurately reveals the “very, very, very sensitive soul” of Pope Benedict, said his personal secretary, Archbishop-designate Georg Ganswein.

The Italian-language book, The Mystery of a Little Pond, was written and illustrated by the Russian painter Natalia Tsarkova.

The tale takes place in a pond guarded over by a statue of Mary in the gardens of the papal villa at Castel Gandolfo and features a little goldfish who – even in real life – is fed by Pope Benedict during his evening stroll.

Ganswein, prefect of the papal household, said the book accurately portrays a pope who “pays attention to the littlest creatures.”

Young and old, he said, will “discover the mystery of the current pope who we all know is a great theologian with a very acute mind, but who has a very, very, very sensitive soul.”