As the publisher of Joseph Ratzinger's books in English, Ignatius Press is uniquely qualified to provide information on the writings of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. In addition, the Editor in Chief of Ignatius Press is Father Joseph Fessio, a close friend and former student of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

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Father Joseph Fessio, S.J., (shown here with Ratzinger in 1999) Editor-in-Chief of Ignatius Press, is a longtime personal friend of Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Ignatius Press is the primary U.S. publisher of his works, having issued some 40+ books.

Father Fessio is close to a number of the cardinals who elected the new pope, including Francis Arinze, the former Prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship; Christoph Schoenborn, Archbishop of Vienna; George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney, Australia; Marc Ouellet, Archbishop of Quebec; Angelo Scola, Patriarch of Venice; Philippe Barbarin, Archbishop of Lyon, France; Jean-Marie Lustiger, former Archbishop of Paris; Jorge Medina-Estevez, former Prefect of the Vatican's Congregation of Divine Worship.

Ignatius Press has also published Cardinal Shoenborn's works, and those of cardinals Arinze, Pell, Lustiger, and Medina-Estevez.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was Fr. Fessio's doctoral director and mentor at the University of Regensburg in then West Germany from 1972-1975. As a member of Ratzinger's "Schulerkreis" or group of former students, Fr. Fessio participated in many of the yearly three-day-long gatherings of that group.

In 1989, Fr. Fessio, along with then Frs. Schoenborn and Marc Ouellet, and another fellow Jesuit, established under Cardinal Ratzinger's patronage, a house of formation in Rome, Casa Balthasar. The house takes inspiration from the life and works of two theologians who were highly regarded by, and close friends of John Paul II and Benedict XVI: Fr. Henri de Lubac, S.J. (made a cardinal by John Paul II in 1983) and Fr. Hans Urs von Balthasar (named cardinal by John Paul II in 1988).

The late Frs. de Lubac and Balthasar's books are published by Ignatius Press.

Every year from 1989 to the present, Fr. Fessio has traveled to Rome for the annual meeting of the directors of Casa Balthasar, which is attended by Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI), Fr. Ouellet (now cardinal of Quebec), and Fr. Schoenborn (now cardinal of Vienna).

Cardinal Shoenborn, also a former student and close personal friend of Pope Benedict XVI, was a classmate of Fr. Fessio's in Regensburg during the 1972-73 academic year. Their friendship has continued over the years and Fr. Fessio has been a frequent guest at the cardinal's residence in Vienna. Fr. Fessio also collaborated with cardinals Ratzinger (then head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith) and Schoenborn (executive editor) on the English translation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Because of Fr. Fessio's engagement in the post-conciliar liturgical controversies, he has had frequent contact with cardinals Medina-Estevez and Arinze, both of whom are Ignatius Press authors.

At Fr. Fessio's invitation, Cardinal Schoenborn visited Ave Maria University in February, 2004; Cardinal Arinze visited in Feb., 2005; and Cardinal Pell visited in Feb., 2006.

Ave Maria University is the first new Catholic university established in 40 years, founded by Thomas Monaghan, founder and former owner of Domino's Pizza. Ignatius Press is one of the largest Catholic publishing companies in the United States, founded in 1978 by Fr. Fessio. Ignatius Press has published the works of Pope Emeritus for over twenty years.

Mark Brumley is president of Ignatius Press, one of the nation's largest Catholic publishing companies, and he is author of How Not to Share Your Faith and a contributor to The Five Issues That Matter Most. He is also the former director of Communications and of the Office for Social Ministries of the Diocese of San Diego.Mark Brumley serves on the Board of Directors of Trinity Grammar and Prep in Napa, California. He is also a member of the board of trustees of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, California.  A regular guest on television and radio regarding the Catholic Church, Pope John Paul II, and issues of faith in contemporary society, Mark Brumley is also an adjunct professor of theology for the Institute for Pastoral Theology of Ave Maria University. His articles have appeared in such publications as The Catholic World Report, the National Catholic Register, Catholic Dossier, The Catholic Faith, This Rock, and National Review Online.

Formerly the associate publisher of The Southern Cross, the diocesan paper of San Diego, he is presently the associate publisher of the online magazine,

Anthony Ryan is the Marketing Director of Ignatius Press. Involved in Catholic causes for over thirty years, he is also an advisor to the best-selling film series, The Footprints of God. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Trinity Grammar and Prep in Napa, California.

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