April 20, 2005

Il Papa Ratzi's books selling like hot cross buns . . .


“The selection of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as the new pope has led to immediate demand for his many books,” according to an Associated Press wire story. “Within hours of the announcement, several books by Ratzinger jumped on to the best seller list of Amazon.com, including ‘Salt of the Earth,’ ‘The Ratzinger Report,’ ‘Introduction to Christianity’ and his memoirs, ‘Milestones,’ which covers his life through 1977.” The new pope’s American publisher for the last 20 years, Ignatius Press — a San Francisco-based nonprofit — is “being overwhelmed with orders,” says a spokesman.

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