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Charity in Truth: Pope Benedict on Human Development

Today Pope Benedict XVI released a teaching letter (encyclical) on integral human development called Charity in truth (Caritas in veritate in Latin). Integral human development is the development of the whole person (body, mind and spirit) and of every person. Like a father who offers guidance to his family, in this letter our Holy Father is offering guidance to the human family as it faces the global economic crisis, the global ecological crisis, and the scandal of global poverty. The Pope reminds us that the human person is “the source, the focus and the aim of all economic and social life.” (no. 25)

The encyclical supports the basic goals of Catholics Confront Global Poverty. Pope Benedict has a lot to say about increasing international assistance to poorer nations to close the gap between rich and poor and to enable the poor to participate in their own human development (nos. 41, 47, 58 and 60). He also tackles the issues of global hunger (no. 27), exploitation of natural resources (no. 49), and protection of the environment which he links to protecting human beings (no. 50). He makes the connection between development and peace (no. 72). He argues for fair trade policies to help poor nations (nos. 33, 58) and affirms the marketing of fair trade items that enable the poor to get a “decent return” for their labors (no. 66).

Most importantly, in a dark time of economic crisis and deepening poverty the Holy Father shines the light of the Church’s moral guidance on a path of hope for a better future for all God’s children.

– Stephen Colecchi, Director, Office of International Justice and Peace, USCCB

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One Response to “Charity in Truth: Pope Benedict on Human Development”

  1. Micha Says:

    Thank you Pope Benedict For Caritas in Veritate. Thank God for all his graces, for this Pope and this Encyclical.

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