New Papal Encyclical: Caritas in Veritate

Pope Benedict XVI’s newest encyclical, Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth), was released this week on the eve of the G-8 Summit in Italy. The encyclical offers a great opportunity for theology teachers and catechists who teach classes on social justice particularly in the areas of global poverty. The Holy Father chose the global economy as the focus of his third encyclical. It was meant to be released in 2007 to mark the 40th anniversary of Paul VI’s Populorum Progressio, but its publication was delayed for a number of reasons most recently the global economic crisis of 2008-2009. As leaders from G-8 nations arrive in Italy, Benedict reminds the world of the Catholic Church’s rich history of social doctrine.

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Caritas in Veritate
Chapter 1: The Message of Populorum Progressio
Chapter 2: Human Development in our Time
Chapter 3: Fraternity, Economic Development and Civil Society
Chapter 4: The Development of People Rights and Duties the Environment
Chapter 5: The Cooperation of the Human Family
Chapter 6: The Development of Peoples and Technology


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