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Pope Benedict XVI carefully explains the stories of early Church fathers, their rich history, and the vital role each one played in not only preserving the Church at the time, but anchoring the Church of today as well as the future.
Hardcover, 201 pages
Published August 18th 2008 by Our Sunday Visitor (first published January 1st 2008)
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Pope Benedict’s book, The Fathers is the compilation of his weekly catechetical talks from March 7, 2007 to 27 February, 2008.

This is the second time I have listened to these talks, but God willing, it will not be the last. Each Church Father is presented in his historical context, along with what is known of his life, his impact on the Church, controversies he dealt with and the corpus of surviving work. In a few cases of the more important saints, such as Jerome, Gregory of Nyssa, John Chrys
Joshua Duffy
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
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My first reading of a Pope's writings, I was very impressed. This book is a very brief intro to some of the great Church Fathers. It definitely sparked a hunger for a deeper level of commitment to Christ. ...more
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
I've read this book some time ago, but have read again in preparation for coursework at the seminary. What struck me most in reading about the Early Church Fathers is that most of their writings had some common themes: homilies against Arianism, the centrality of the Eucharist, the preeminence of the See of Peter, a focus on unity of doctrine, and a willingness to suffer for the proclamation of truth, even to the point of martyrdom. ...more
A great overview of the early Church fathers, focusing on how each one of them contributed to the development of the Faith. I especially enjoyed the chapter on St. Augustine. Another winner from Pope Benedict XVI.

My only quibble is that the editors of the edition did a poor job with the citations and sometimes did not clearly state the referenced material but used indecipherable abbreviations. Sometimes I could figure out what the referenced material was later in a chapter because the Pope would
Patrick O'Hannigan
Nov 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
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I first read this in 2009, but it was more fun to re-read this year with friends in a men's prayer and bible study group. Each of the 26 chapters in this book introduces readers to a different father of the Church. Given the timeline involved (the book starts with Saint Clement, the third man to succeed the Apostle Peter as Bishop of Rome, and ends with Saint Augustine of Hippo, who died August 28, 430), it's safe to say that the patrimony discussed here, while unmistakably Roman Catholic, belon ...more
Jan 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Á miðvikudögum flytja páf­arnir venjulega ávarp fyrir almenning og tala á ítölsku. Benedikt hefur í þessum ræðum oft bor­ið niður í lífi og kenningu kirkjufeðranna, sem snemma á öldum rituðu merkar bœkur um kristni. Hér hefur verið safnað saman í enskri þýðingu 36 slíkum ávörpum páfans. Svo að einhvers stað­ar sé borið niður, skal Origenes nefndur, sem er í hópi hinna umdeildari kirkjufeðra, þótt ekki sé á allra fœri að vita, í hverju kenningu hans var áfátt. Og það er ekki viðfangsefni páfans, ...more
Harry Dudley
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Even having studied the Father's of the church in the past - I found this to be a great review and overview that re-sparked my interest. One can see the rootedness of our Church teaching and the connection between our faith and life. This was very worthwhile read during this Year of Faith. ...more
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A book of vignettes concerning the Apostolic, Pre-Nicene, and Post-Nicene Fathers up to St. Augustine. Certainly worth reading, especially the section on Augustine.
Kevin de Ataíde
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
An affectionate overview of the early Fathers of the Church, from Clement of Rome to the divine Augustine. The easy-to-read, short essays provide an excellent introduction to the science of patristics.
Rev. Ritchie
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Short but profound expositions of the lives and thought of the Fathers of the Church. Highly recommended, especially as a helpful but brief overview of the principal Church Fathers.
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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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