(7/6/17) Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has meditated a lot on the topic of eschatology during his life, as a theologian and professor of theology, as the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and as the Pope (mainly through the encyclical Spe salvi). It is the same today too, because his life is made of prayers and meditation.
That is what father padre Federico Lombardi, president of Ratzinger Foundation, said at the beginning of the meeting that was held yesterday at the Hall named after Benedict XVI of the Teutonic Cemetery of the Vatican City, in order to present the volume “Ciò che il fedele spera. L’escatologia cristiana a partire dal pensiero di Joseph Ratzinger-Benedetto XVI – Atti del Convegno L’escatologia: analisi e prospettive” (Eschatology: analysis and perspectives). The book was published by the Vatican Publishing House and edited by Bernardo Estrada, Pierluca Azzaro and Ermenegildo Manicardi and it collects the Proceedings of the Congress “Eschatology: analysis and perspectives” that was held last year in November at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.
After the greetings from Msgr. Stefan Heid, director of the Roman Institute of Görres-Gesellschaft, father Giuseppe Costa, head of the Vatican Publishing House, and father padre Philip Goyret, dean of the Theology Faculty of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, father Bernardo Estrada, full professor of New Testament at the same Faculty, gave a conference on “Ultimate realities in the thought of Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI” and he also presented the volume.