Book Review

Benedictus Dominus

Last Testament: In His Own Words
by Pope Benedict XVI and Peter Seewald

Bloomsbury Continuum, 2016
(288 pages, $24.00, hardcover)

reviewed by Ian Hunter

Before he was elected pope, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger granted two lengthy interviews to the Belgian journalist Peter Seewald. These interviews resulted in two books, both published by Ignatius Press: Salt of the Earth (1996) and Light of the World (2010).

In May 2016, from his retirement in the Mater Ecclesiae convent in Rome, Pope (Emeritus) Benedict agreed to one final extended interview with Seewald, which has resulted in the new book, Last Testament (2016), Benedict XVI's final words on life, death, and the Christian faith. Since these are the last words that we . . .

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Ian Hunter is Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario. He is the author of biographies of Robert Burns, Hesketh Pearson, and Malcolm Muggeridge.

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