Pope Benedict’s first social encyclical will be launched on 7 July. In this podcast we look back at “Populorum Progressio” written by Pope Paul VI in 1967.


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This podcast features Professor of Catholic Social Teaching, Dominican Fr. Alejandro Crosthwaite


“Populorum Progressio” – the Progressive Development of Peoples

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Opening words –

The progressive development of peoples is an object of deep interest and concern to the Church. This is particularly true in the case of those peoples who are trying to escape the ravages of hunger, poverty, endemic disease and ignorance; of those who are seeking a larger share in the benefits of civilization and a more active improvement of their human qualities; of those who are consciously striving for fuller growth.

“Caritas in Veritate”

Benedict XVI’s new encyclical, titled “Caritas in Veritate,” which is expected to offer an analysis of the current economic crisis, will be released Tuesday, the Vatican announced.

The Vatican press office confirmed today that the Pope’s first social encyclical, will be presented at a press conference in the late morning July 7. The text will then be released to the public at midday, local time.

The encyclical’s release is one day before the Group of Eight will begin an international summit in L’Aquila, Italy.

The Holy Father signed the encyclical Monday, the solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul.

That same day, before praying the Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square, Benedict XVI explained that the encyclical is a reflection on the conditions necessary for “integral development.” He added that it returns to social themes found in “Populorum Progressio,” written by Pope Paul VI in 1967.

He explained that it “aims to go deeper in certain aspects of the integral development of our age, in the light of charity in truth.”

“I entrust to your prayer this new contribution that the Church offers to humanity in its commitment to sustainable progress, in full respect of human dignity and the real needs everyone has,” Benedict XVI said.

“Caritas in Veritate” is the first social encyclical to be written in almost two decades. Pope John Paul II penned “Centesimus Annus” in 1991, a century after Pope Leo XIII’s “Rerum Novarum.”

VATICAN CITY, JULY 1, 2009 (Zenit.org)