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Europe: Today and Tomorrow

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Written in late 2004 shortly before his election as Pope Benedict XVI, Ratzinger raises serious questions about the issues facing Europe amidst the new European Union and forming of a European Constitution.

Some of the main issues he raises include: How did Europe originate and what are its boundaries? Who has the right to call himself European and be admitted into the new

Hardcover, 117 pages
Published March 30th 2007 by Ignatius Press (first published 2005)
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Robert Corzine
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a collection of essays and addresses by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger published shortly before he was elected Pope Benedict XVI. They have all of the clarity and profundity that his regular readers have come to expect. Even if you've struggled a bit with some of his theological writing, these are very accessible.

The essays take up three related themes:
* The historic spiritual foundations of Europe and the dangers inherent in trying to forge a European identity that ignores its roots.
* More g
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In this book, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) analyzes the source of the malaise that has affected the West through most of the 20th century: the currents of thought that brought it about, why it persists, and how it can be cured. Very worthwhile read and gives a lot of food for thought. Given its short length, it took much longer than I thought to finish it because I often had to stop and think about what I had just read and how it related to popular ways of thinking and acting.
Nov 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
I've just begun this book. It's certainly interesting to be reading a book by the Pope (though it was written by the then Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger before the passing of John Paul II). The endleaf biography is fairly succinct, essentially saying "Joseph Ratzinger is the Pope". What more does it need to say?

The book is an edited collection of speeches and essays from the last decade. Since he is German, and writes in Italian, the prose can be a bit dense, though the translation is certainly clear
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He is great here in explaining how reason can be destructive without religion and vice versa.
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ratzinger is such a brilliant teologian. In this book he talks about Europe her roots and problems, her oportunities and chalenges. The best part in book for me is way Ratzinger explains role of reason and faith in politics. To much faith and no reason and you get wich burning and wars of religion, to much reason and no faith and you get communism and nazism with all of it bloodbaths. Such a great explenation. It is short read but great insight in catholic view of the Europe.
Eduardo Da Silva
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: política, teologia
O então cardeal Joseph Ratzinger (depois papa Bento XVI) faz belas leituras da Europa, seus fundamentos, suas características especialmente no pós-guerra, e como os cristãos e os fundamentos cristãos são essenciais para manter a paz e a harmonia na Europa e todo o mundo ocidental.
Eduardo Garcia-Gaspar
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Un pequeño libro de un gran intelectual. Es una recopilación de conferencias en varias partes y ocasiones, que en su común denominador hablan de Europa en su dimensión política-religiosa, pero cuyas ideas tienen una aplicación universal, no solo europea. El título le resta el atractivo que tienen las ideas que expone Benedicto.
Los ocho textos son clasificados en tres partes: ¿qué es Europa?, política y moral, y responsabilidad para la paz. La segunda parte, con dos de esas conferencias, es realm
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Pope Benedict XVI (Latin: Benedictus PP. XVI; Italian: Benedetto XVI; German: Benedikt XVI.; born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger on 16 April 1927) was the 265th Pope, by virtue of his office of Bishop of Rome, the Sovereign of the Vatican City State and the head of the Catholic Church. He was elected on 19 April 2005 in a papal conclave, celebrated his Papal Inauguration Mass on 24 April 2005, and too ...more

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