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Pope's complete works to be published

The Vatican and a German publishing house say they are putting out the complete works of Pope Benedict XVI - over 50 years of his writings from university professor to pontiff.

The first of the 16-volume collection titled "Complete Works" was presented at the Vatican Wednesday. It deals with Benedict's thoughts on Catholic liturgy.

It is published in German by Herder, which plans to put out two volumes a year.

The Vatican publishing house will publish the Italian edition and is negotiating rights for translations into other languages.

Its director, the Rev. Giuseppe Costa, says he expects the publishing costs to be covered by sales and that any profits would be partially used to promote culture in underdeveloped countries.

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