Third volume of Jesus of Nazareth to be published simultaneously in the world's major languages

The third volume of Pope Benedict XVI’s book Jesus of Nazareth should be published before Christmas, the Vatican has said.

The volume, focusing on the Gospel accounts of Jesus’s infancy and childhood, will be the third and final volume in the series of books the Pope has written “to make known the figure and message of Jesus”, the Vatican said in a statement today.

The statement announced a Vatican publishing house agreement with the Italian publisher Rizzoli to handle sales of the rights to the book in languages other than Italian and the German original.

Herder, the Pope’s longtime German publisher, will handle the original German-language text.

The Vatican’s plan is to release the book simultaneously in the world’s major languages, including English, in time for Christmas.

The first volume of Jesus of Nazareth, covering the period from Jesus’s baptism to his Transfiguration, was published in 2007. The second volume, looking at his passion and death, came out in 2011.