The coming encyclical

Cardinal Renato Martino was saying publically this morning that we may be seeing the Pope’s third encyclical by the end of the year.  (Thanks to Rocco Palmo for pointing this out.) Since last spring we’ve heard that it’s on social issues and will be called Caritas in Veritate (“Charity in Truth”). 

It will be a welcome addition to the rich teaching that Pope Benedict has already offered us in Deus Caritas Est and Spe Salvi.  Pauline Books and I have already made preparatory arrangements for a companion guide, along the lines of Your Guide to Spe Salvi: Saved in Hope and the previous two JP2 document companions that preceded it.

I do very much hope, though, that there will be another one, on the theme of faith, sometime soon after that to complete the theological-virtues-trilogy that Pope Benedict seems to have in mind.

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