Essays mark 40th anniversary of Populorum Progressio

The International Jesuit Network on Development (IJND) has published a collection of essays to mark the 40th anniversary of Populorum Progressio, the papal encyclical on development and justice. This visionary encyclical, which highlighted many of the issues which we now see as central to development, is sadly still relevant in a world where millions of people in our world today live in misery. Children in Central America scavenge in rubbish tips to survive; in sub-Saharan Africa life expectancy has dropped to forty-five, due largely to HIV/AIDS; and over a billion people around the world live on less than two dollars a day.

"In the light of this scandal, the urgent call for action for global justice issued by Pope Paul Vl in his encyclical Populorum Progressio is as necessary today as when it was written in 1967," according to IJND.

To mark the fortieth anniversary of Populorum Progressio, its central messages have inspired experts in development to reflect on its enduring relevance. The Development of Peoples: Challenges for Today and Tomorrow looks at issues across today s development spectrum, including poverty, debt, trade, peace and conflict, human rights, globalisation, HIV/AIDS, gender inequality, the environment, and migration.

The writers come from five continents, and include Mary Ann Cejka, Peter Henriot SJ, Michael Kelly SJ, Justin Kilcullen, Peadar Kirby, Mulima Kufekisa-Akapelwa, Maria Reilly OP, and Jon Sobrino SJ. The Foreword is by Mary Robinson, the founder of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative, and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The essays were commissioned by the International Jesuit Network for Development, and were prepared for publication by the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice in Dublin.

The Development of Peoples: Challenges for Today and Tomorrow by the International Jesuit Network for Development ISBN: 9781856075749

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first posted LONDON - 10 July 2007 - 373 words

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