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  • The Libreria Editrice Vaticana – Present at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2010 – Forum Dialog

    Libreria Editrice Vaticana will participate at the 62nd edition of the Frankfurt Book Fair from the 6th October to the 10th October 2010.
    The Vatican Publishing House - whose stand will host the editorial production of the Vatican Apostolic  Library that on this occasion will present the first volume of its monumental history, and the Vatican Museum titles as well - will  exhibit to international publishers its novelties in an exhibition space of more than 80 square meters and at the very centre of it a big tridimensional giant mould of the first volume of Opera Omnia will be situated.
    The attention of all the international publishers will certainly focus on the title Jesus of Nazareth, whose translations are being terminated, and the new book that contains an interview with Pope Benedict XVI by the German journalist Peter Seewald entitled “La Luce del mondo”.
    A very important moment during the Book Fair will be the Forum Dialog “Travelling with the Pope”, to be held on Thursday 7th October, Hall 6.1 E 913, concerning the world editorial production on the journeys of Benedict XVI and members of several international publishing houses will participate: Rev. Giuseppe Costa, director of Libreria Editrice Vaticana, Burkhard Menke, from the Herder German publisher, Paul Henderson, from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Martin Fergal, from the Catholic Truth Society of Great Britain, and Pierluca Azzaro, professor at the University of the Sacred Heart in Milan.
    The homilies, speeches, messages delivered by the Pope during his journeys are punctually collected, in a very particular and precious editorial format, in a series by the Libreria Editrice Vaticana.
    On occasion of the first five years of the pontificate of Benedict XVI his personal secretary, Msgr. Georg  Gänswein published with Herder the German version and with LEV the Italian edition of the volume “Benedetto XVI Urbi et Orbi. Con il Papa per le vie di Roma e del mondo” that won the prize Capri-San Michele 2010 for the section dedicated to reality of images.
    In all his journeys Benedict XVI follows and practises what he declared during the inaugural speech of his Petrine Ministery: “My mission consists in not doing my will but in listening, together with all the Church, to the Word and Will of God and let Him guide me, so that he himself will guide the Church in this particular moment of human history”.
    The Libreria Editrice Vaticana and the publishers interested in publishing the talks of the papal journeys will participate in this great adventure of the Church together with the present Pope, a gentle and reserved person who reveals himself by means of moderate but incisive and deep words that show the style and the courage of a great man speaking of God.


  • Libreria Editrice Vaticana at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2009

    (08/10/09) - Libreria Editrice Vaticana will participate at the 61th edition of the Frankfurt Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany.
    The Vatican Publishing House will offer more than fifty new titles and will meet several publishers in order to present editorial rights and discuss future projects.
    Besides the diffusion of rights all over the world, Libreria Editrice Vaticana will organize during this edition of the Frankfurt Book Fair 2009 a Forum Dialog concerning the contribution of the Publishing World in relation
    to Joseph Ratzinger’s works (Thursday 15th October - Hall 6.1 E 193 at 17.30 hrs).
    Interventions by:
    Rev. Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Costa, Director of the Libreria Editrice Vaticana; Dr. Burkhard Menke, Editor Herder; Dr. Paul K. Henderson, Publishing Director of the United States Catholic Bishops’ Conference.
    Prof. Pierluca Azzaro, Professor of Politics at the Catholic University of Sacred Heart in Milan (Italy).
    Moderator: Prof. Fr. Edmondo A. Caruana, Publishing Manager of the Libreria Editrice Vaticana.

  • Frankfurt Book Fair 2008

    More than one hundred international publishing houses have asked to meet with Libreria Editrice Vaticana (LEV) at the Frankfurt Book Fair (15-19 October 2008): they range from American publishers such as Doubleday, Ignatius, Our Sunday Visitor, and Orbis, to German publishers such as Herder, Johannes Verlag, and St. Benno Verlag. There will also be meetings with publishers from France, Eastern Europe, and Latin America.

    This year the same stand (Hall 5.1 B 943) will also present a wide range of Vatican Museum titles, among which will be the world-first appearances of two publications on the Vatican Art Gallery, a new series La parola dipinta, introduced by the first of three volumes on the Sistine Chapel entitled Michelangelo e la volta, as well as a preview of the forthcoming Arabic edition of the volume Musei Vaticani.

    We foresee further growth in interest in the writings and speeches of Pope Benedict XVI. We will also be proposing to publishers recent titles such as such as Il coraggio di prendere il largo by Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga; Vi racconto la mia vita by John Paul II, edited by Saverio Gaeta; Pio XII: La verità ti farà libero by Margherita Marchione; and an illustrated edition of Paolo e i primi discepoli di Cristo by Benedict XVI. Our liturgical publications will certainly also receive attention.

    During the Fair three important events are worth noting. The first will be on 16th October when LEV, in collaboration with the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences, will present to German publishers, the complete series of Atti e documenti dedicated to the historiography of the Church, with the patronage of the Cardinal Secretary of State, H.E. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, in the presence of H.E. Cardinal Raffaele Farina, Archivist and Librarian of the  Holy Roman Church.

    On the same day LEV representatives will participate with Herder in presenting the first volume of the Opera omnia of Joseph Ratzinger in German. On the same occasion, the Director of LEV, Don Giuseppe Costa, will announce the program for the Italian edition.

    Also of importance is the visit of H.E. Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, President of the Pontifical Commission and of the Governorate of the Vatican City State, who will visit the stand on 17th  October and present the publications of the Vatican Museums.


  • The Libreria Editrice Vaticana at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress

    (27/02/08) – The Libreria Editrice Vaticana will be taking part in the “Los Angeles Religious Education Congress” to be held from the 28th February to 2nd March 2008. The Congress is the annual gathering of educators and American Publishers working in the field of education.

     The Vatican Publishing House will be represented at the Congress by Prof. Don Giuseppe Costa, Director, and by Prof. Fr. Edmund Caruana, Publishing Manager.

     Permission to participate at the Congress was given by Cardinal Roger Michael Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles. The event serves to strengthen, through the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops, the relation and collaboration between Lev and the Catholic Publishers in Northern America.

     The Libreria Editrice Vaticana will be present as a guest in the booth of the USCCB and both Director and Publishing Manager will have the opportunity to present and discuss with publishers future projects and publications.


  • New location of the Libreria Editrice Vaticana

    (13/12/07) – His Eminence Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone will inaugurate and bless the new headquarters of Libreria Editrice Vaticana in Via della Posta in the Vatican City. The ceremony will take place today at 1 p.m.

    Present for the ceremony will be Mgr. Giuseppe Scotti, Chairman of the Administrative Council, and Prof. Don Giuseppe Costa, Director of Lev, who will welcome Cardinal Bertone.
    All the staff of Lev, representatives coming from Vatican Organisms and journalists will be present for the ceremony. 


  • The Vatican Publishing House at the Frankfurt BookFair 2007

    (05/10/07) – From 10th to 14th October the Vatican Publishing House will be attending the Frankfurt BookFair 2007 in Frankfurt (Germany). The event will be an important one for the presence of other Vatican Organizations in the same stand under the name “Vatican City State”: the Vatican Museums, Vatican Apostolic Library, Unitelm,  Urbaniana University Press.

    In a stand of eighty meters, the Vatican Publishing House will exhibit most of its recent works, especially titles pertaining to the magisterium of  Benedict XVI.

    More than fifty meetings with Publishing Houses have been arranged and many  interesting volumes will be offered to Publishers interested in acquiring rights. Among the various editorial production one can indicate:  “Enciclopedia della Preghiera”, “La Sistina svelata”, “Il Perdono”, “Agostino Gemelli” and “Quasi un eremita nel tormentato ‘900. Ezio Franceschini”,  winner of the Special Award Capri-San Michele 2007.

    The Director of Lev, Prof. Don Giuseppe Costa, SdB, the Publishing Manager, Prof. Fr. Edmondo Caruana, O.Carm., together with members of the Lev staff will be present at the Fair in order to  meet and assist  publishers as well as visitors.


  • Special Award to the title “Quasi un eremita nel tormentato‘900. Ezio Franceschini”

    (25/09/07) – The Vatican Publishing House announces that the volume “Quasi un eremita nel tormentato ‘900. Ezio Franceschini” by Ernesto Preziosi won the Capri San Michele Special Award 2007.
    The award will be given during a Ceremony to be held on the 29th September in Anacapri by the “Associazione di varia umanità”  during which the winners will be declared.
    The Author and the Publishing Manager of LEV, Fr. Edmondo A. Caruana will attend the Ceremony.

    The work gives a detailed presentation of  Ezio Franceschini  (1906-1983). Great scholar of  medieval religious and secular texts, Rector of the Catholic University of Milan from 1965 to 1968, Ezio Franceschini tried to live his daily life faithful to his faith and hence to be as Christ taught “ salt and yeast” in the world.


  • New Director of the Libreria Editrice Vaticana: Rev. Giuseppe Costa, SDB

    (27/08/07) – During the meeting of the Administrative Council held on the 23rd July, during which the half-yearly Balance of the Libreria Editrice Vaticana was presented, Msgr. Giuseppe Scotti, President, announced the nomination of the new Director of LEV chosen by the Vatican Secretary of State.

    Reverend Giuseppe Costa takes the place of Reverend Claudio Rossini, who ended his term of office after five years of service.

    The President read  a congratulation letter by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone in which he expressed his gratitude for the work done as Director by Rev. Claudio Rossini.

    Rev. Rossini was given the Vatican Honour “Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice” as a sign of his professional service in diffusing the teaching of the Pope and the Magisterium of the Holy See.

    Reverend Giuseppe Costa, a Salesian priest as well, has a long experience in the field of publishing and he was welcomed by the Administrative Council of LEV who congratulated him for his new mission and wished him, through his new post, to continue his service for the Pope and the Holy See.


  • Communiqué: Polish rights concerning the texts of Karol Wojtyła and John Paul II

    (08/03/07) – Following the communiqué released by the spokesman of the Archbishop’s Curia in Krakow concerning the running of Author’s rights over the texts of the deeds and works by Karol WOJTYŁA and of His Holiness John Paul II, the Libreria Editrice Vaticana (L.E.V.) would like to make known the following: 
    ▪  on indications given by the executor of the will pertaining to the Servant of God John Paul II, the Libreria Editrice Vaticana has ceded to the Publishing House Santo Stanislao of Krakow all rights of financial use, without any exception, on all texts in Polish language of the works and writings of Karol WOJTYŁA and of His Holiness John Paul II;
    ▪  the results of this cession start on the 7th January 2007 and will cover only territories within Polish boundaries;
    ▪  the cession covers also agreements still in force (valid) without any detriment to rights bought by the third party resulting from agreements already stipulated with the Libreria Editrice Vaticana. Consequently, the relative financial statement must be sent directly to the Publishing House Santo Stanislao of Krakow.

     Moreover, the Libreria Editrice Vaticana will inform in time all Publishing Houses with whom agreements were stipulated of the change made and of the altered modalities concerning business relations.


  • Lent with Pope Benedict XVI

    (08/02/07) – “Volgeranno lo sguardo a colui che hanno trafitto”  is the title that contains the Message of Pope Benedict XVI for Lent 2007. It is no. 18 of  the series “Magistero di Benedetto XVI” published by Libreria Editrice Vaticana. This booklet will be available from 13th February at the selling price of euro 1,00.


  • “Jesus of Nazareth” published by Doubleday

    (31/01/07) - On 29th January the Italian newspaper Il Giornale published an article about the forthcoming publication, in the United States of America, of the first work by Benedict XVI.
    Libreria Editrice Vaticana would like to complete the information given in the article indicating the following:

    1. The Libreria Editrice Vaticana has signed an agreement with the Publishing House Rizzoli for the world rights and diffusion of this first volume by Benedict XVI;
    2. The Publishing House Rizzoli autonomously came to an agreement, as Mondadori did in the past for the books by John Paul II, with the most important world Publishing Houses;
    3. In this case, for the United States of America, the Publishing House Rizzoli made the agreement with Doubleday;
    4. In Doubleday’s catalogue there are already two titles written by the Popes namely:     “Journal of a soul” (Il Giornale dell’anima) by the Blessed John XXIII, “Gift and     Mystery” (Dono e mistero) by John Paul II besides “The Catechism of the Catholic Church” (Il Catechismo della Chiesa cattolica). On account of this respectful editorial curriculum, Doubleday deeply desired to publish also the first book by Benedict XVI;
    5. Finally, it is important to note that Doubleday has always published the most important documents of the American Bishops’ Conference before the establishment by the latter of its own Publishing House.

  • Second Meeting with the International Publishing Houses who published works by Professor/Cardinal Ratzinger

    (20/12/06) – From 11th to 16th December at the Domus Sanctae Marthae Libreria Editrice Vaticana met the International Publishing Houses who published the works by Professor/Cardinal Ratzinger.
    Twelve Publishing Houses attended the meeting: Cantagalli Publishing House, St.Pauls Publishing House, Friedrich Pustet Verlag, Herder Verlag, Ignatius Press, Jaca Book, Johannes Verlag, Casa Editrice Rizzoli,  Sankt Ulrich Verlag, St. Benno Verlag, Verlag Urfeld, Libreria Editrice Vaticana.
    Besides, the above-mentioned Publishing Houses, representatives from the Ratzinger Schũlerkreis and Catholic Bishops’Conference of United States were also present.
    Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of the Vatican City State, opened the meeting and delivered the Papal greetings.  He announced that Pope Benedict XVI would like to give a part of the sum coming from His works’copyright to the Study Centre which the Ratzinger Schũlerkreis intends to establish under his name. The Centre will give particular attention to the study and research of the theological thought of Professor/Cardinal Ratzinger and its development in time. Besides these, Cardinal Bertone said that the Pope would like that funds for scholarships in fundamental theology and patristic and biblical studies be also provided.

    The following points were taken up during the meeting:
    - Excursus/Retrieval of the theological works of the Professor/Cardinal Ratzinger with   emphasis on the different phases of development, talk by Fr. Stephan Horn, President of the Ratzinger Schũlerkreis.
    - Reconstruction of a historical and systematic  bibliography  of the Professor/ Cardinal Ratzinger, talk by Don Vito Fracchiolla, member of the Administrative Council of Lev.
    - Establishment of a Study Centre//Documentation Centre dedicated to the analysis and deepening of Professor/Cardinal Ratzinger’s theological thought, talk by Fr. Stephan Horn  and Fr. Joseph Fessio of the Ignatius Publishing House.
    -The possibility of an Internet circulation of the works by Professor/Cardinal Ratzinger and  some related problems from the legal point of view, talk by Fr. Joseph Fessio and Dr. Carmine Stingone, legal consultant of Lev.              

    In order to underline the various experiences of people in the service of Pope, three talks were given by:  Fr. Federico Lombardi, Director of the Vatican Press Office, Fr. Wojciech Giertych, Theologian of the Pontifical Household and Dr. Paolo Zaninoni, Editorial Director of Rizzoli  Publishing House.

    All the people present at the meeting attended the Papal Audience on Wednesday 13th December  in the Paul VI Hall in the Vatican City State.

  • Press release of Libreria Editrice Vaticana

    (21/11/06) - Libreria Editrice Vaticana heartily thanks Pope Benedict XVI for the high esteem and confidence that His Holiness has shown in giving to the Vatican Publishing House the text of His first volume "Jesus of Na zareth. From His Baptism to His Transfiguration".
    At the same time LEV , conscious of the great international expectation for the first work by Benedict XVI , has already stipulated an agreement with the Publishing House Rizzoli and has conceded to the above-mentioned Publishing House the rights of publication, translation, diffusion and marketing of the work throughout the world.
    The choice made by the Libreria Editrice Vaticana as regards the Publishing House Rizzoli is, besides being a proof of continuity with the editorial choices made in the past for the diffusion of the titles of the Popes, also a tangible sign of gratitude in view of which the Publishing House Rizzoli did, in the previous years, in making known the works of the beloved Servant of God, John Paul II. This refers particularly to the large diffusion of the title "Memoria e identità"(Memory and identity).
    On the other hand, the Publishing House Rizzoli has ceded the German rights to the Publishing House Herder, taking into consideration the bonds of esteem and friendship that existed between this Publishing House and the then Professor and the then Cardinal Ratzinger for over the last fifty years.