Pope says publication of new encyclical now imminent

Pope Benedict spoke about  his forthcoming encyclical 'Caritas in Veritate',during his address to  thousands of pilgrims  gathered for  the Angelus in St Peter's Square on Monday, the Solemnity of St Peter and St Paul.

After giving a special greeting to  the faithful of his own diocese of Rome, assuring them of his constant prayers, he spokes of the universal aspect of the the day.
"Today's Solemnity also has a universal aspect", he went on. "It expresses the unity and catholicity of the Church. That is why every year on this day, the new metropolitan archbishops come to Rome to receive the pallium, symbol of their communion with Peter's Successor".

"May the shared veneration of these martyrs [Peter and Paul] be a sign of an ever greater and more deeply felt communion among Christians all over the world".

After the Angelus, Benedict XVI said:  "the publication of my third Encyclical, entitled 'Caritas in veritate', is now imminent.

"Returning to the social themes contained in 'Populorum progressio' written by Servant of God Paul VI in 1967, this document - dated today 29 June, Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles - aims to delve more deeply into certain aspects of the integral development of our age, in the light of charity and of truth.

"To your prayers I entrust this latest contribution made by the Church to mankind, in her commitment to sustainable development while fully respecting human dignity and the real needs of everyone", he concluded.

Source: VIS

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