Pope Benedict XVI discussed his soon-to-be-released social encyclical during an audience with participants in the annual international congress of the Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice Foundation.


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Centesimus Annus – Pro Pontifice

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The historical occasion that led to the idea of establishing the Foundation “Centesimus Annus – Pro Pontifice” was the Encyclical “Centesimus Annus” promulgated by Pope John Paul II on May 1st, 1991, on the hundredth anniversary of Leo XIII’s Encyclical “Rerum Novarum”.

At a distance of a hundred years the Holy Father deemed it opportune to make his own voice felt in an adequate way in matters of social doctrine, a doctrine that puts man at the centre of every economic activity. A thoughtful reading of “Centesimus Annus” prompted a few enlightened and committed Christians to reach out to the many Catholics holding leading positions in the business and financial communities. They were urged to join forces in a common effort to help spread the basic principles of the social doctrine of the Church contained in the Encyclical, while looking at the same time for new sources of financial support for the charitable interventions for which the Holy See is continually solicited not just from local Churches but from all humanity.

The Foundation has indicated as its goals:

  • promoting informed knowledge of the social teachings of the Church and of the activity of the Holy See among qualified and socially motivated business and professional leaders;
  • promoting initiatives aimed at expanding the Church’s effective role in all sectors of contemporary society;
  • promoting fund raising activities to help support the activity of the Apostolic See.