Joseph Ratzinger was born on April 16, 1927 — Good Friday — in the southern Bavarian village of Martkl am Inn. He was baptized on Holy Saturday at the Easter Vigil, celebrated in those days in the morning.

“The more I think about it, the more fitting it seems that I was baptized on Easter Eve, not Easter,” he writes in his memoirs. “We live in this world not in the full light of Easter, but journeying toward that light, full of hope.”(You can read a biography of the Holy Father here.)

To help you on your own journey "journey toward that light," Our Sunday Visitor offers a number of books by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, drawing from his extensive writing -- both as Joseph Ratzinger and as pontiff -- as well as talks, homilies, audiences, and more. You'll discover the Fathers and Doctors of the Church, holy women, the virtues, the Apostles, great teachers, and more. Visit for more information and to order.

OSV Books by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
The Fathers (Volume 1)
The Fathers (Volume II)
Coming in 2013: The Faith, Prayer