A new book compiling Pope Benedict’s writings on St. Paul will be released next week:

WASHINGTON, D.C., AUG. 19, 2008 (Zenit.org).- A book due out next week will feature reflections from Benedict XVI on St. Paul, as the Church continues to celebrate the Pauline Jubilee Year.

The U.S. bishops, in agreement with the Vatican Publishing House, are creating a series of books presenting reflections from the Pope. The series is called “Spiritual Thoughts” and the book on Paul is its second installment. The books contain excerpts from a variety of Benedict XVI’s speeches and homilies.

Paul Henderson, publishing director for the episcopal conference, said he views the release of a book on St. Paul as “a timely opportunity for Catholics to join the Pope and return to the Bible as the source of parish and personal renewal.”

Father David Toups, of the Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, added: “The book series is an opportunity for U.S. Catholics to gain access to the Pope’s personal thoughts and deep spiritual insights.”

The first book of the series featured reflections from the Holy Father during his first year as Pope. After the work on Paul, the Spiritual Thoughts series will continue with other books on Mary, the saints, and excerpts from the second year of the pontificate.

The Spiritual Thoughts book on St. Paul will be available Aug. 29, and can be ordered online at www.usccbpublishing.org.