Thursday, March 13, 2008

Caritas in Veritate

~via Papa Ratzinger Forum translated from ANSA
Pope Benedict XVI's third encyclical dedicated to social issues will be entitled CARITAS IN VERITATE (Charity in truth).

Vatican sources also said the expected date of release is May 1, Feast of St. Joseph, Patron of Laborers.

However, there may be a delay if the official translation into Chinese is not finalized by then. It will be the first time that an encyclical will be issued in Chinese at the time of first publication. It may also be published in Arabic from the start.

The new encyclical is said to be divided into four parts. The first part will cite two previous 'social encyclicals' - Paul VI's Populorum progressio (1967), and John Paul II's Sollicitudo rei socialis(1987).

Benedict is expected to spell out the vision of the Church today with respect to the social changes that have taken place since Papa Montini's encyclical 40 years ago - particularly, the process of globalization and the need for a humanism that reconciles social and economic development with the respect due to every human being and with a just relationship among the various social levels to attenuate the excessive disparity between rich and poor.

Poverty, peace, international cooperation, disarmament, energy sources, the environment, the digital gap, micro-credit: these are the other issues to be tackled by the Pope.

The publication of a third encyclical not too long after Benedict's second encyclical demonstrates how strongly the Pope feels about social issues and the specific concerns of the Church itself.

In fact, John Paul II had been planning to come out with another social encyclical, which was also discussed during the meetings of the College of Cardinals during the period of the Sede Vacante {after the death of John Paul II but before the Conclave).
However, in an interview with Secretary of State Cardinal Bertone published by CNS revealed that the encyclical might not be finished before the summer period.

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