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.
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
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
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
to Joseph Ratzinger’s works (Thursday 15th October - Hall 6.1 E 193 at
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
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.
Libreria Editrice Vaticana at the Los Angeles Religious Education
(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.
Vatican Publishing House will be represented at the Congress by Prof.
Don Giuseppe Costa, Director, and by Prof. Fr. Edmund Caruana,
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.
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
New location of the Libreria
(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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
(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
▪ 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
(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:
- 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;
- 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
- In this case, for the United States of America, the Publishing House Rizzoli
made the agreement with Doubleday;
- 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;
- 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
(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
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
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
(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
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