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Ostatnie rozmowy

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(Polish) Emerytowany papież Benedykt XVI zapewnił, że powodem jego rezygnacji z urzędu nie była żadna presja zewnętrzna. We wspomnieniach, które ukażą się na całym świecie we wrześniu, ujawnił, że udało mu się rozwiązać "gejowskie lobby" w Watykanie.

O wywiadzie rzece, przeprowadzonym przez niemieckiego dziennikarza Petera Seewalda, informuje w piątek dziennik "Corriere del
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published September 9th 2016 by Wydawnictwo Rafael
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Julie Davis
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually preordered this by accident or I'd never have read it. As it turns out, I'm glad I did.

Journalist Peter Seewald continues the interview format that he used for his previous books with Pope Benedict XVI. This book serves not only as Pope Benedict's last testament but as a good overview of his entire life. I was interested in reading about the decision to step down as pope and what Benedict's life has been like since. I was much less interested in his life story but am glad that I read
Kevin Wojciechowski
Reading this book is like getting to know that German grandpa of yours that you're not super close with even though you've visited with him a few times and enjoyed his timeless wisdom, but you figured now's probably a good time to get to know him better since he's nearing death. Then he starts telling you his life story and there are some parts you really could care less about, but there's some things that give you a completely different perspective on his character and makes you wish you'd know ...more
Sindy Castellanos
Excelente entrevista que permite tener un acercamiento a la personalidad de Benedicto XVI.
En las respuestas se puede entrever su recorrido humano y espiritual, lo que ayuda a comprender mejor sus reacciones y decisiones.
Durante la lectura destaca la humildad y sencillez con la cual se expresa un gran pensador de nuestro tiempo, que ha influido de manera decisiva en la renovación de la Iglesia Católica.
Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah, a new book by Pope Benedict XVI, and, if the back inside flap is to be believed, his last. And it's not written by him per se, since it is a book-length interview, and a very candid and honest one at that. I loved the clarity and the straightforward nature of the answers that Pope Benedict gives, sometimes a very simple "no" or "perhaps" to the questions that Peter Seewald asks, and a few times even said something was "stupid." It's so refreshing to finally hear the pope's own words on such ...more
Christopher Blosser
Interesting retrospective and summation of the life of Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI in his own words and a welcome ending to Seewald's prior book-length interviews, Salt of The Earth, God and The World and Light of The World.

Of particular interest to me was the Pope Emeritus' recollections of his intellectual interactions with fellow academics in philosophy and theology, his experience as a peritus at Vatican II, and his appraisals of political figures he encountered in the course of his
Michael Joosten
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whether or not anything else is published under Joseph Ratzinger's name, this reads as his good-bye. Pope Benedict is as clear transcribed as in writing--and he is crystalline in his writing--but there is an added warmth in the transcription. The Seewald interviews are among my favourite Ratzinger books because of this, but it is perhaps especially appropriate in the context of Last Testament.

The content of the book is about 80% biographical, spanning Joseph Ratzinger's childhood through his pap
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
This book was very inspirational to me. I generally don’t like the idea of interview-based books, but the thoughtful line and coherence of questions made this a very good read. In part, possibly, because it was conversational and it was as if Pope Benedict was speaking with the reader.

I gained much insight into the man, influences on his life, topics that he felt were his mission to share. Hearing on a wide range of topics from how he corresponded and interacted with other theologians, to what t
Matt Moser
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a marvelous final interview with the great Pope Benedict XVI. As I read through these pages, I became increasingly convinced that we have a future doctor of the Church among us.
Eapen Chacko
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is remarkable for one reason that the interviewer Peter Seewald, a German journalist, who has known the Pope Emeritus for many years, goes beyond the purview of any print or electronic journalist I know. He throws very pointed, personal questions at the Pope, and harbors on if he's not satisfied with the answer. No modern celebrity of any stripe has opened himself to this kind of vulnerability. The result is an informative, surprising, at times touching, and honest book about Pope Bene ...more
Andrew Votipka
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Of course it gets 5 stars. It's Benedict. But I will say in order of superiority (noting that I've yet to read the Ratzinger Report...but that wasn't a Seewald interview):

1.) Salt of the Earth is the absolute best. It's just such a good book.

2.) Light of the World is really good.

3.) Last Testament is really good, but like 80% of it was covering the same ground as the other interviews. I think this book was made because Seewald is going to write a definitive biography of Benedict, so he needed th
As if it was an ordinary thing to read an interview with the Pope Emeritus …

Kind of strange feeling knowing that it might be last time he offers his wisdom and as he did all the time as the cardinal and later as the Pope, he simply puts the threads of his thoughts together. Humbly yet wisely.

As many, I have read his interviews before, so I am accustomed to the style of Peter Seewald who sometimes writes at very large. Yet, this time, I guess because of knowing that it is the last one, I was a l
Angela Boord
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faith
Not as good as Light of the World; I do wish that Seewald had asked more questions that allowed Pope Benedict to expand rather than to give answers of only a few words. But it's still Pope Benedict, and his humility, intellect, and dedication to the Church shine through regardless.
Lazaro Ramos
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's rare hearing Pope Benedict give off the cuff remarks, and this book is really full of it. Just confirms how much of a humble and holy man he is, full of faith, with a firm and deep understanding.
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful. A gem of a book.
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
un verdadero regalo
Wendy Wong Schirmer
What's important about this intimate portrait of Benedict XVI is that one gets an overview of the Church before and after the Second Vatican Council and the contours of his formation as a thinker-- and always in light of his simple, childlike faith in God.
Kevin de Ataíde
Short, entertaining and easy-to-read, this is apparently the last interview given by Pope Benedict. It shows the vision, in spite of his considerable intellectual ability, of a simple man of faith, with a great love for God and Holy Church.
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Q&A with Pope

Very interesting review of his life history covering childhood to his retirement. Interesting accounts if youth and WW2 experience in addition to coverage of Catholic issues.
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religious-books
Vis labiau ir labiau pamilstu Benediktą. Belieka sėsti lėktuvan ir skristi į Romą.
Three book-length interviews with Joseph Ratzinger were published before he became Pope, the last two conducted by German journalist and lapsed-then-born-again Catholic Peter Seewald. They were followed by Light of the World: The Pope, the Church, and the Sign of the Times - A Conversation with Peter Seewald , issued to some controversy when Ratzinger was on the Chair of Peter as Benedict XVI. To these must now be added Last Testament, which sees Benedict in the unprecedented role of “Emeritus P ...more
Antonio Gallo
L'eterna domanda dell'uomo è: dov'è questo Dio di cui parliamo, da cui speriamo di ricevere aiuto? Come e dove lo si può collocare? Noi ora conosciamo sempre di più la vastità dell'universo con i suoi miliardi di pianeti, gli infiniti sistemi solari, ma finora, per quanto lontano si possa spingere il nostro sguardo, in nessun luogo c'è qualcosa che ci potremmo immaginare come il cielo in cui dovrebbe troneggiare Dio.

(Ride) E' perchè non esiste un luogo in cui Lui troneggia. Dio stesso è il luogo
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Die Letzten Gespräche mit Papst Benedikt XVI. sind in vielfältiger Weise ein reichhaltiges Geschenk für den heutigen Leser wie für einen künftigen Historiker.
Denn Peter Seewald versteht es in der geschickten Art eines Journalisten Fragen zu stellen, nachzufragen und nachzuhaken, wobei er die Spannung zwischen Distanz und persönlichen Einfühlen in sein Gegenüber gut wahrt, der sich demütig allem stellt und an manchen Stellen im pluralis maiestatis zu sprechen weiß, wenn er auf Entscheidungen sein
Phyllis Addler
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting and enlightening

This book answered many questions about this pope, his personality, and his thought process. I found his reasoning to decide to resign was realistic and courageous.
Richard Grebenc
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I come to this review with mixed feelings. While it was a joy to hear from the Pope Emeritus again I am saddened that this is the last time he will be providing his thoughts and wisdom to us. Gratefully, his copious work lives on for posterity (a nice amount of which is in my personal library).

I enjoyed the book very much. Many excellent questions with no punches pulled and equally frank answers. One can always argue that much more could have been asked and that certain periods could have used
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've been a big fan of the previous books Peter Seewald has done with Cardinal Ratzinger/Pope Benedict, so I set aside my other ongoing reading to focus on this when it arrived in the mail last week. I'm sad to report that I was disappointed.

Most importantly, it seems like Seewald ran out of interesting questions to ask. The first couple of chapters, which focus on Benedict's reflections on his papacy and thoughts about his successor, are extremely interesting. But then there's 100 pages or so o
Santeri Marjokorpi
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teologia
Kyseessä on paavi Benedictus XVI:n haastattelukirja, joka tehtiin hänen jäätyään eläkkeelle paavin virasta. Oli mielenkiintoista päästä kurkistamaan Ratzingerin pään sisäpuolelle ja tutustua hieman hänen henkilökohtaiseen elämäänsä. Sain myös moniin hänen kirjoihinsa vähän kontekstia. Itseni yllätti kuinka valtava taakka paavius on, johon hänet melkein kahdeksankymppisenä valittiin. Kiinnostavinta antia olivat pienet yksityiskohdat tunnetuista henkilöistä ja teologeista. Teologiaa tässä ei kovin ...more
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality
Un gran regalo recibir el pensamiento de Benedicto en pocas palabras. Una especie de testamento donde repasa los principales problemas y la necesidad de apoyarse en Dios y en el amor.
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The conversational style and rapport Benedict XVI has with Seewald make this a heartwarming, enjoyable, and all-too-quick read. He addresses questions spanning his childhood, priesthood, academic career, Vatican II, relationship with St. John Paul II, his own papacy, and life after resignation. It rounds out a sweet portrait of a great and humble man.

My favorite anecdotes:

p. 103-

Q: How and where do you most like to reflect on things?

A: At the writing desk or if I have to think something through
Don Mario
Dec 11, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Molto interessante e a tratti commovente nei primi capitoli, dove si trattano temi di fondo. Poi l'intervistatore si lancia in un dettagliato excursus storico, con molte domande e questioni irrilevanti su fatti e personaggi della storia teologica ed ecclesiastica dell'ultimo secolo, non molto interessanti per chi non li ha conosciuti.

Ritorna un po' di interesse nell'ultima parte, ovviamente perché l'ordine cronologico arriva ad affrontare l'epoca e le questioni che tutti abbiamo vissuto.

Cristian Arnaud
Me quedé con la sensación de haberme pasado una tarde con el abuelo. Terminar el libro leyendo al Papa hablar de que ya medita sobre su encuentro con el Señor me llenó de nostalgia, de ganas de haberlo tenido cerca, de cierta tristeza mezclada con alegría y gratitud por una vida vivida al servicio y entrega gratuita al Señor y a su Iglesia.

Lo leí esperando ver la profundidad y extensión de otras entrevistas; la osadía y el atrevimiento de "Sal de la Tierra", pero no, hay muy poco o casi nada de
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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
“Finally, it has become increasingly clear to me that God is not, let’s say, a ruling power, a distant force; rather he is love and he loves me – and as such, life should be guided by him, by this power called love.” 2 likes
“I believe that it is dangerous for a young person simply to go from achieving goal after goal, generally being praised along the way. So it is good for a young person to experience his limit, occasionally to be dealt with critically, to suffer his way through a period of negativity, to recognise his own limits himself, not simply to win victory after victory. A human being needs to endure something in order to learn to assess himself correctly, and not least to learn to think with others. Then he will not simply judge others hastily and stay aloof, but rather accept them positively, in his labours and his weaknesses.” 2 likes
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