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Urbi et Orbi: To the City and the World

April 16, 2010
Just in time for the fifth anniverary of his election as Pope, a special book has been released looking back at Pope Benedict's first five years in the See of Peter. The book was released in Italian and German only - fitting, since it was put together by Msgr. Georg Gänswein, the Pope's personal secretay - and it's called "Benedict XVI: Urbi et Orbi, On the road with the Pope around the World". Urbi et Orbi means "to the city and the world."
The book chronicles the highlights of his 17 voyages, and a look at the people who came to visit him at the Vatican.
As Msgr. Gänswein says in his introduction to the book, in Mark's Gospel Jesus tells the apostles to go to every corner of the earth to preach the Gospel, and so the successor of Peter has to do the same in order to bring "the words of eternal life" to the ends of the earth.
The photos are beautiful shots of Pope Benedict in different places, including a great photo of him walking hand-in-hand with a select group of young people at World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany. There's even a picture of the Holy Father meeting Governor General Michaëlle Jean and her daughter Marie-Eden.
For more info about this book, or how to get the Italian or German version, visit the Libreria Editrice Vaticana website.