Populorum Progressio 5: Justice and Peace

In discussing, “Justice and Peace,” Pope Paul VI notes the founding of a commission devoted to seeking it actively.

5. Even more recently, We sought to fulfill the wishes of the Council and to demonstrate the Holy See’s concern for the developing nations. To do this, We felt it was necessary to add another pontifical commission to the Church’s central administration. The purpose of this commission is “to awaken in the People of God full awareness of their mission today. In this way they can further the progress of poorer nations and international social justice, as well as help less developed nations to contribute to their own development.” (motu proprioCatholicam Christi Ecclesiam 27)

The name of this commission, Justice and Peace, aptly describes its program and its goal. We are sure that all (people) of good will want to join Our fellow Catholics and fellow Christians in carrying out this program. So today We earnestly urge all (people) to pool their ideas and their activities for (our) complete development and the development of all (humankind).

In 2017, three other groups, Pontifical Council Cor UnumPontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, and the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care were merged with Justice and Peace, which had been redefined as a pontifical council by Pope John Paul II inh 1988.

This concludes an introductory section in which Pope Paul VI carefully outlined recent papal support for the poor and needy and the cause of justice. He reiterated church concern, and described his own contribution before and after his election as Bishop of Rome.

From here, we will look at two sections in the document. That “complete development” in the second paragraph above will occupy us in sections 6 through 42. It will focus mostly on what people need to live life to their fullest potential. For the second half (43-87) of Populorum Progressio, the attention will turn to relations in and between nations. It’s all relevant to today’s world.

This encyclical letter is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana, and can be found in its entirety at this linkCC BY 2.5, The image is of Lady Justice at the Central Criminal Court of London.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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