At the end of the Mass, beside the Teutonic Cemetery, there was the inauguration of the Room dedicated to Pope Benedict – Joseph Ratzinger and the Pope Emeritus blessed the room. In his intervention, Msgr. Hans Peter Fischer, rector of the Teutonic College, announced that on 18th November there will be the opening of the library dedicated to Joseph Ratzinger, to his life and thought as a scholar and a Pontiff, next to the library of the Teutonic College of the Roman Institute of the Society of Görres, in the Vatican City. A lesson will be held by the Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council of Culture: “From the Bible to the Library – Benedict XVI and the Culture of the Word of God.”
The library – an initiative of the Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation - has got about a thousand of books in various languages and it is open to those who are interested in the publications by Joseph Ratzinger, in his life and theology. A lot of books have been donated from Benedict XVI himself, others from the Vatican Foundation.
The Library will be available from Monday to Wednesday, from 15,30 to 19,30 p.m. “The Ratzinger Foundation – Msgr. Fischer said – has given some scholars the charge to manage the Library”.
Participants in the celebration were: the cardinals Schönborn, archbishop of Wien, and Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, the archbishop Georg Gänswein, Prefect of the Pontifical Household and Benedict's personal secretary, the bishop Barthélemy Adoukonou, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, the auxiliary bishop of Hamburg Hans-Jochen Jaschke, the abbot Maximilian Heim, who received the Ratzinger Prize in 2011, Msgr. Stephan Heid, director of the Roman Institute of the Society of Görres, Msgr. Giuseppe Antonio Scotti, president of the Joseph Ratzinger- Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation, father Stephan Otto Horn, president of the Schülerkreis, Christian Schaller, who received the Ratzinger Prize in 2013.