Pope's Pauline Catechesis Published

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VATICAN CITY, JULY 2, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI's 20 catecheses on St. Paul have been collected in a volume published by the Vatican publishing house.



The book was presented in Rome on Tuesday, just a day after the end of the Pauline Jubilee Year. It is titled "L' Apostolo Paolo, Catechesi Paoline" (The Apostle Paul: Pauline Catechesis).

"It is not a random compilation," said Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, president of the Governor's Office for Vatican City State, "but rather an organic whole, corresponding to a carefully studied program."

One year ago today, the Holy Father started a series of general audiences catechesis dedicated to St. Paul. He presented the life, thought and teaching of the apostle during most of the audiences of the Pauline Year. The 20-lesson series ended Feb. 4.

Throughout these catecheses, the Pontiff considered themes such as justification, erroneous interpretations of Paul's thought, the cultural context in which he taught, and his relationship with St. Peter.