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A festschrift for Pope Benedict from Notre Dame

December 12, 2012Michael O. Garvey

John Cavadini presents Pope Benedict XVI with a festschrift from the University of Notre Dame John Cavadini presents Pope Benedict XVI with a festschrift from the University of Notre Dame.

“Festschrift,” German for “festival-writing,” is a word academics use to describe a collection of writings celebrating the work of a prominent scholar on some memorable occasion. It is certainly a word well understood by the Bavarian theologian Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, and he seemed pleased to receive a festschrift from the University of Notre Dame, which John Cavadini, director of the Institute for Church Life, presented him Friday (Dec. 7) in Rome.

The festschrift, “Explorations in the Theology of Benedict XVI,” edited by Cavadini and forthcoming next month from the University of Notre Dame Press, grew from a conference sponsored by ICL in March to mark Pope Benedict’s 85th birthday. Read More