Pope's Book of Poetry Set for Release in U.S.

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WASHINGTON, D.C., SEPT. 1, 2003 (Zenit.org).- "The Poetry of John Paul II -- Roman Triptych: Meditations," the Pope's new book, will be available starting Friday in more than 400 Catholic bookstores and other U.S. venues.



USCCB Publishing, the official publisher of the U.S. bishops' conference, made the announcement about the book. The work contains three new poems, the first written and published during John Paul II's pontificate. He draws scriptural inspiration from the Book of Genesis as the framework for his "Roman Triptych."

Throughout the trio of poems, he reflects on God as the beginning and end of human life and all creation. He also ponders the beginning and end of his own time as Pope.

The book has full-color artwork from the Casa Buonarotti and Albertina Museum, and several pages of the Pope's original handwritten text.

USCCB Publishing is the exclusive publisher of "The Poetry of John Paul II" in the United States. The 40-page hardcover book is printed in both English and Spanish. Its price is $19.95.

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger has written a presentation for the English edition. An audio-edition is also planned.

The book can be ordered directly at the USCCB Web site.