SOURCE: Legion of Christ
March 18, 2008 12:40 ET
Circle Media Units Enhance Pope's Visit With Content-Rich Website and Unique Biography: "Benedict of Bavaria"
NORTH HAVEN, CT--(Marketwire - March 18, 2008) - The National Catholic Register has opened
up a new website at www.pope2008.com to help everyone to experience the
Pope's visit to the United States in April, as well as his encounter with
the youth at World Youth Day in Australia this summer. Senior Register
writer Tim Drake's blog, titled "The World Meets Benedict," will provide
readers with up-to-the-minute reports and vivid descriptions of the events,
people, sights, and sounds from firsthand observation.
"The idea for Pope2008.com came from a casual conversation with the
National Catholic Register's editor, Tom Hoopes," Drake said. "In talking
about my coverage of the events in D.C., New York, and Sydney, I mentioned
the possibility of a blog, not only during the events, but also in
preparation for them. With that, Tom worked with others at Circle Media to
quickly get a website set up for the coverage."
Despite just being launched and having little publicity, the site is
drawing thousands of visitors, evidence of the excitement around the Holy
Father's visit, according to Drake.
Tim Drake is an
award-winning journalist and author. A lifelong Minnesota resident, Tim
attended the University of Minnesota, Morris, graduating with a bachelor's
degree and social science teaching certificate in 1989.
He has published more than 600 articles in publications such as the
National Catholic Register, Our Sunday Visitor, Faith and Family Magazine,
Catholic World Report, CatholicExchange.com, Columbia Magazine, Gilbert!
Magazine, This Rock Magazine, and many others.
He serves as senior writer with the National Catholic Register and Faith and Family Magazine.
Tim has been a guest on both television and radio. He has appeared on FOX
News, Vatican Radio, EWTN, and a variety of radio programs nationwide.
Tim has published three books and has contributed to several others. He
resides in Saint Joseph, Minnesota.
A unique view of the Holy Father
And for people wanting to get an intimate view of the Holy Father, Dr. Brennan Pursell, a Catholic
historian and author with a BA in history from Stanford University and a
doctorate from Harvard, has written a new papal biography titled
"Benedict of Bavaria," now available for pre-ordering from Circle Press.
While written as a historical biography, the book is not without personal
ties to Pursell's own life. After what he describes as a "gloriously pagan"
youth growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, going to college at
Stanford University, and traveling around the world, Pursell's first
inklings of conversion began when he settled in Bavaria to work on his
As time went by, Pursell continued to grow into the Catholic faith. In
1994, while still living in Bavaria, he was officially received into the
Catholic Church in the Benedictine monastery of Metten. Bavaria, the land
of his family's roots, had shown him the way to his spiritual home: the
When Pope Benedict XVI was elected in 2005, Pursell felt an "overwhelming
desire to make the life and work of his favorite theologian better known to
the American public." He noted that most media coverage of the pope showed
a "general lack of knowledge about the culture that contributed so
decisively to his youth and formation." His own research and experiences in
Bavaria had given him a sense for the land that shaped Pope Benedict XVI.
And so, the two-year process of writing "Benedict of Bavaria" began.
Unlike most biographies, Pursell's work is based on mainly primary sources,
such as interviews, articles, and German-language testimonies and writings
from people who grew up, studied, and worked with Joseph Ratzinger
firsthand. Brennan also enriched his research by visiting almost all of the
significant places of Benedict's early life, including the churches,
universities, and towns where he worshipped, studied, and lived.
Circle Media and its publishing units, Circle Press and the National
Catholic Register, are sponsored by the Legion of Christ. The Legion of Christ is a religious congregation of pontifical right,
founded in 1941. Its mission is to extend the Kingdom of Christ in society
according to the requirements of justice and Christian charity.