Pope Benedict XVI has finished the third volume of his opus, Jesus of Nazareth, and perhaps also will publish an encyclical letter during the upcoming Year of Faith, said Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican secretary of state, reports the Religion News Service, in a story published by NCR Online.
The cardinal told reporters last week that the pope had finished his manuscript on Jesus' infancy and childhood.
"It is a great gift for the Year of Faith," the cardinal told reporters in Les Combes di Introd, a village in Italy's northwestern Alps where Blessed John Paul II and Pope Benedict have vacationed in the past.
The first volume of Jesus of Nazareth, covering the period from Jesus' baptism to his Transfiguration, was published in 2007. The second volume, looking at his passion and death, came out in 2011.
In a statement on Thursday, the Vatican press office said the book is being translated into a variety of languages from the German original.
The press office did not comment on a possible new encyclical.
FULL STORY Papal book completed (NCR)