Published: June 7, 2008 at 10:05 PM
VATICAN CITY, June 7 (UPI) -- The success of the first volume of Pope Benedict XVI's life of Christ in Italy has a religious publisher eyeing the pontiff's backlist. "Jesus of Nazareth" was the eighth-best-selling book in Italy last year, The Telegraph reports.
Catholics have also snapped up Benedict's two encyclicals, buying 3 million copies of "God Is Love" and "Saved by Hope." In Britain, the pope shares a publisher with J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books. Long before he became pope, Joseph Ratzinger was a prominent theologian and the author of 132 books and articles.