Weekly Religion News with new books that honor Pope Benedict XVI, "That's Why I'm Here: The Chris and Stefanie Spielman Story" by Chris Spielman and more.

Joseph Ratzinger was installed as the leader of the Roman Catholic Church on April 24, 2005. As Pope Benedict XVI reaches the seventh anniversary of his elevation to the Papacy, three landmark books provide a complete picture of the Holy Father’s life and his teachings.


‘My Brother, the Pope’


This is a memoir from the Pontiff’s brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, as told to writer Michael Hesemann. Illustrated with many never-before-seen photos of the Ratzinger brothers and their family, Msgr. Ratzinger provides the only living witness to the early days and formation of brothers who were ordained as Catholic priests together on the same day in 1951 –– after surviving Nazi Germany and World War II.


‘Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week’


In the foreword, Benedict XVI says he aimed “to consider only the essential words and deeds of Jesus…. Even if there will always be details that remain open for discussion, I still hope that I have been granted an insight into the figure of our Lord that can be helpful to all readers who seek to encounter Jesus and to believe in him.”


‘Light of the World’


The book-length interview with the Holy Father conducted by German reporter Peter Seewald is a 239-page book of candid, explicit and often surprising questions and answers. Never before has a pope answered a journalist’s wide-ranging, controversial and personal questions in a direct, one-on-one series of interviews.


-- ReligionNews.com/ Ignatius Press


Week in Religion


April 24, 1944, in deciding the legal case United States v. Ballard, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the general principle that "the truth of religious claims is not for secular authority to determine."


April 25, 1982, captured in 1967, the Sinai Peninsula was returned by Israel to Egypt as part of the 1979 Camp David Accord.


April 26, 1955, the Roman Catholic religious program "Life is Worth Living" aired for the last time over Dumont television.


-- William D. Blake, Almanac of the Christian Church


Survey Says


Mitt Romney holds a 53-point lead over President Barack Obama among white evangelicals and a 20-point lead among white Catholics.


-- Pew Research Center


Good Book?


"That's Why I'm Here: The Chris and Stefanie Spielman Story" by Chris Spielman


Chris Spielman was four-time Pro Bowl linebacker, but he didn't tackle his toughest opponent until his wife, Stefanie, was diagnosed with breast cancer. And so began an 11-year journey that brought joy and suffering. Spielman traces his storied career, recalls his courtship of Stefanie Belcher, cherishes the growth of their four children and invokes the deep spiritual faith that gave their family wisdom and comfort in times of struggle.


-- Zondervan


Quote of the week


"One of the many reasons for wishing to be a better Christian is that, if one were, one's prayers for others might be more effectual." -- C.S. Lewis, English apologist


The Word


abaya: A robelike garment worn by some Muslim women. It is often black and may be a caftan or fabric draped over the shoulders or head. It is sometimes worn with a hijab and/or a niqab.


-- religionstylebook.com


Religion Around the World


Religious makeup of Slovakia (2001 census)


Roman Catholic: 68.9 percent


Protestant: 10.8 percent


Greek Catholic: 4.1 percent


Other or unspecified: 3.2 percent 


None: 13 percent


- CIA Factbook


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