Ten Things You Should Know About Pope Benedict XVI
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He wrote books, encyclicals, and more.
Encyclicals are letters or circulars to a group — in this case, a group of Bishops — (from the Greek word egkyklios; –kyklos means circle).
The pope wrote three encyclicals: Deus Caritas Est (God is Love), the first half written by Pope Benedict in 2005 and the second half by the previous Pope John Paul II; Spe Salvi (Saved by Hope); Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth or Love in Truth) in which he urged a return to ethics in business and politics.
Pope Benedict’s books are mostly about theology. As Father Joseph Ratzinger, he was a professor of theology at universities in Germany before he became a Bishop and then a Cardinal.