Benedict XVI – A Life

Benedikt XVI.

Peter Seewald presents exclusive material from new research and interviews with Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI.


The interview books by Peter Seewald and Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI were international best-sellers

When Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger was elected Pope in April 2005, it was the event of the century: a German on the Chair of St. Peter. For the chosen one, it is the highlight of an unparalleled career. As a professor, as an archbishop, as leader of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and then finally as Pope Benedict XVI, Joseph Ratzinger has been in the public eye for more than five decades - a life that reflects the drama and disruption of the 20th and 21st Centuries. Peter Seewald has accompanied him for over 25 years as a journalist and book author. He has the insider knowledge that makes for precision of detail and sound judgement. And so Seewald succeeds in drawing a vivid image of the Pope emeritus that shows the people Joseph Ratzinger in a new light.


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  • Publisher: Droemer HC
  • Release: 04.05.2020
  • 1184 pages
Sung-Hee Seewald

Peter Seewald

Peter Seewald, born in 1954, worked as a journalist for STERN, SPIEGEL and the SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG and is considered one of the most successful religious authors in Germany. His most well known books are: "Salz der Erde", "Gott und die Welt" as well as several books on Pope Benedikt XVI. Pattloch published his collection "Kult" in 2007 and the bestseller biography "Jesus Christus" in 2009. In 2016 he published “Last Conversations with Benedict XVI”, which turned an international best seller and was published in 18 languages. Peter Seewald is married and lives with his family in Munich.