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Spe Salvi On Christian Hope

Pope Benedict XVI
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Pope Benedict XVI's second encyclical, Saved In Hope, ("Spe Salvi" in Latin) takes its title from St. Paul, who wrote, "In hope we have been saved". In this special deluxe hardcover edition of the work, the Holy Father continues a line of thought he began with his first encyclical, God is Love. Love and Hope are closely related in the spiritual life. Love of God involves hope or trust in God. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, "The virtue of hope responds to the aspiration to happiness which God has placed in the heart of every man". Hope enables us to look to the next life, but it also inspires and purifies our actions in this life. Pope Benedict considers modern philosophies and the challenges of faith today in light of the virtue of hope. "Confronted by today's changing and complex panorama, the virtue of hope is subject to harsh trials in the community of believers. For this very reason, we must be apostles who are filled with hope and joyful trust in God's promises..

Lumen Fidei The Light of Faith

Pope Francis
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Lumen Fidei (Light of Faith) Encyclical Letter seeks to recover the luminous character of faith, which is built into the human being and helps one distinguish the good from the bad, especially today, a time in which the faith is like a light illusory that prevents man go in search of knowledge and restricts their freedom. This encyclical, begun by Pope Benedict XVI and completed by Pope Francis, concludes the trilogy of letters on the three theological virtues begun by Pope Benedict with Deus Caritas Est on Love and Spe Salvi on hope...

Laudato Si

Pope Francis
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Possibly one of the most important encyclicals of our time, Pope Francis addresses humanity's relationship with the natural world in Laudato Si'. The Christian and secular world have been captivated by the papacy of Pope Francis, and this encyclical has drawn huge attention globally to the critical ecological and environmental issues facing us all.   "Laudato si'" is the introductory phrase to eight verses of St. Francis of Assisi's famous prayer thanking God for the gifts of creation. "Praise be to you, my Lord, with all your creatures, especially Sir Brother Sun, who is the day, and through whom you give us light", one of the first lines says.   Laudato Si' is likely to have a strong realm of influence over the UN climate change summit in Paris in December 2015. It emphasises the importance of nurturing all of creation and grasping the nettle in dealing with the ecological and environmental challenges the world is facing, through a shift in political and economic thinking that is lif..

Dominum et Vivicantem

Pope John Paul 2nd
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In 1986 John Paul II completed his Trinitarian encyclicals, begun with Redemptor Hominis (on Jesus Christ) in 1979, and then Dives in Misericordia (on God the Father) in 1980. Already setting the Church’s sights on the great Jubilee of the year 2000, marking ‘the passage from the second to the third Christian Millennium’, Pope John Paul reflects on the Holy Spirit, as the one who is at the centre of the Christian faith and is the source and dynamic power of the Church’s renewal. This encyclical has been drawn from the heart and heritage of the Second Vatican Council, and its rich teaching on the Church in herself and the Church in the world. The text explores the spirit of the Father and Son given to the Church, the spirit who convinces the world of sin, and the spirit who above all else gives life, leading to the realization that the way of the Church passes through the heart of man, because here is the hidden place of the salvific encounter with the Holy Spirit. ..

Fratelli Tutti

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Completed during the Coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis’s prophetic new encyclical is addressed to “all people of good will, regardless of their religious convictions”. He expresses the hope that the pandemic, terrible as it is, may help us discover a renewed sense of our common humanity. This greatly welcomed encyclical is a beautiful reflection on humanity’s path forward to a deeply desired and sought-after peace. Pope Francis begins by analysing those trends which militate against fraternity and friendship today. He proposes the Good Samaritan as a model of someone who cares for others regardless of where they are from. Amid the human conflicts, tensions and divisions present in today’s world, Pope Francis suggests respectful dialogue and proposes that we answer with “a new vision of fraternity and social friendship.” He rebukes “fundamentalist intolerance” and other forms of “shameless aggression” that get in the way of fraternal peace. Pope Francis asks, instead, that we recover k..

Humanae Vitae

Pope Paul V!
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This new, revised translation of Pope Paul VI’s Encyclical Letter, Humance Vitce, was originally prepared by Rev. Marc Calegari, S.J., on the occasion of the symposium of July 1978, sponsored by the Archdiocese of San Francisco and by the Saint Ignatius Institute of the University of San Francisco, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Encyclical’s promulgation. Fr Calegari subsequently revised his translation in 1985. Those revisions are reflected in this thirtieth-anniversary edition. Fr. Calegari died in October 1992...
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