Pope Benedict XVI RARE Hand Signed Photo 100% authentic

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The hand signed photo was a gift from a member of the Curia to famed German Catholic Church Historian Michael Hesemann!

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Christian Art Gallery Michael Hesemann presents his latest work to Pope Benedict XVI

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Michael Hesemann, CSC.

is a historian, journalist, internationally published author and art expert.

Born on March 22, 1964 in Düsseldorf/Germany, he studied History and Cultural Anthropology at Göttingen University in Germany. He lives in Düsseldorf and Rome, w he is accredited to the Holy See Press Office.

With official permission from the Vatican, Hesemann investigated the history of the alleged relic of the inscription of the cross of Jesus, hidden in Rome for nearly 1700 years. It was dated by seven Israeli experts for comparative palaeography âe"the established method to date inscriptions- into the 1 st century, indicating its authenticity.

On December 17, 1998, Hesemann was personally received by H.H. Pope John Paul II to present the results of his study on this important relic. Later, in a letter written by his personal secretary, John Paul II expressed Hesemann his âeoeadmiration and appreciation for your laborious researchâe. Hesemann's conclusions were later confirmed by the work of Prof. Maria-Luisa Rigato of the Pontificial University Gregoriana in Rome and Prof. Carsten Peter Thiede of the Universities of Basle (Switzerland) and Beer-Sheva (Israel).

His subsequent book âeoeTitulus Crucisâe (The Jesus-Title) became a bestseller in Germany and Italy, published by the most respected Catholic publishing houses of both countries, Herder (1999) and San Paolo (2000). It was positively reviewed in the respected âeoeRömische Quartalsschrift für christliche Altertumskunde und Kirchengeschichteâe (Roman Quarterly for Christian Archaeology and Church History), published by the Campo Santo Teutonico (Nr. 96/2001) and inspired both, the dissertation by Dr. Maria-Luisa Rigato, Rome, and the international bestseller âeoeThe Quest for the True Crossâe by Thiede/dâe(tm)Ancona. Hesemann personally briefed the Cardinals Virgilio Noe and Miroslav Vlk on the subject. The relic, now exhibited in the Basilica di Santa Croce, became one of the major pilgrim's attractions during the Holy Year 2000.

Hesemann delivered the German language reading in the Easter Night Vigil 1999, the last of the 20 th century, presided by the Pope, in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. He was personally invited to participate in the opening and closing of the âeoeHoly Year 2000âe and travelled with Pope John Paul II to Poland, the Holy Land and Fatima/Portugal. He followed the publication of the Third Secret of Fatima and personally interviewed several high ranking curia members including Archbishop Bertone, Secretary General of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith (today Cardinal Bertone, the new Secretary of State), one of the Vatican's major Departments.

In the âeoeHoly Yearâe 2000, Hesemann released his book âeoeThe Silent Witnesses of Golgotaâe in German, followed by an Italian translation (Edizioni San Paolo) two years later. It is the first complete study on the relics of the Passion of Christ. Hesemann was invited to present it personally to His Holiness, Pope John Paul II., during an audience on June 6, 2001. Archbishop Stanislaus Dziwisz, the Personal secretary of the Pope, commented beforehand: âeoeYour unique book âe¦ has moved me to tears. Receive my deepest thanks and my appreciation for your sacrificial research work on the most holy relics of the Church of God! âe¦ Praying I contemplate in this Holy Week on the silent witnesses of Golgota you worked on.âe (Letter of April 11, 2001).

In 2003, two mo...