This is a simplified and abridged version of the first encyclical letter of Pope Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est. It aims to make the text available to the widest possible audience. It includes a set of questions for reflection or discussion and should be of interest to parishes, schools and small groups of all kinds.
The purpose of this unofficial abridged version of the encyclical is to introduce the reader to the full text. Having read the abridged version, interest in some parts of it may lead to reading them in greater detail in the encyclical itself.
Desmond O’Donnell is an Irish Oblate priest and a professional psychologist who ministered for 28 years in Australia and served for 12 years on the General Council of the Oblates. His previous books include Praying Is Like This and Apostolic Community Is Like This (Dominican Publications); To Stay a Believer, God Is Love, Joyfully Sharing the Gospel (Columba Press).
Pope Benedict XVI - Joseph Ratzinger
Pope Benedict XVI (Latin: Benedictus PP. XVI; Italian: Benedetto XVI; German: Benedikt XVI.; born Joseph Alois Ratzinger on 16 April 1927) is the 265th and reigning Pope, by virtue of his office of Bishop of Rome, the head of the Roman Catholic Church and, as such, Sovereign of the Vatican City State. He was elected on 19 April 2005 in a papal conclave, celebrated his Papal Inauguration Mass on 24 April 2005, and took possession of his cathedral, the Basilica of St. John Lateran, on 7 May 2005. Pope Benedict XVI has both German and Vatican citizenship. He succeeded Pope John Paul II. Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, was for over two decades The Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith under Pope John Paul II. He is the author of Spirit of the Liturgy, Salt of the Earth, Introduction to Christianity, God and the World, Milestones, Called to Communion, God Is Near Us.