Populorum Progressio Our predecessors in their great encyclicals, Leo XIII in Rerum Novarum,[1] Pius XI in Quadragesimo Anno[2] and John XXIII in Mater et. On Easter Sunday , two years after the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council, Pope Paul VI announced to the world the encyclical “Populorum. Official Website of the Catholic Church for England and Wales.

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A brief word about the background to this document.

Populorum Progressio (March 26, ) | Paul VI

Together they called for a theology and spirituality which put a new stress on justice, human welfare and progress. Vatican II moved even more radically in this direction.

It liberated us from a dualistic and escapist spirituality and put far more focus on the continuity between this world and the next. Pope Paul VI brought this to a new level by four major popullorum.

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The first was his speech to the UN where he called strongly for respect for human rights. Whereas the emphasis on Pope Leo was on justice between individuals or classes within industrialised countries, the focus of Pope Paul was rather on relationship between nations at a global level. The third major intervention by Paul VI on justice issues came in in a document called Octogesima Adveniens which filled out what he had said in his encyclical by insisting that the new international economic order which he had called for had to be brought about by political action.


The fourth important pprogressio by Paul VI was his document Evangelisation in the Modern World in which he presented a unified vision of liberation which integrated work for justice with the more overtly spiritual dimensions of our Christian faith.

Read the full article. About the author Dr. Donal Dorr is a missionary priest and theologian. During the s, s and s he worked for extended periods as a missionary in several African countries and, more briefly, in Brazil. In the s he was the holder of a Research Fellowship in the Theology of Development, and a consultor to the Pontifical Commission for Justice and Peace.

The main focus of his work at home and abroad has been on empowering grassroots activists in working for justice and care for the environment, in training activists and religious encylical in leadership skills, and in running spirituality workshops for people who are searching for meaning and purpose in their lives.

An expanded edition of his book, Option for the Poor and for the Earth: Catholic Social Teaching, was published by Orbis Books in Donal Dorr Missionary priest and theologian. Populorum Progressio contribution and legacy. Read the full article About the author Dr.


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