Populorum Progressio 80: A Final Appeal

Pope Paul VI addresses “A Final Appeal” to various groups in the remainder of this encyclical letter, which, by the way, is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana, and can be found in its entirety at this link. The main idea here is unity, something very important to the Bishop of Rome. Let’s read the start of it:

80. We must travel this road together, united in minds and hearts. Hence We feel it necessary to remind everyone of the seriousness of this issue in all its dimensions, and to impress upon them the need for action. The moment for action has reached a critical juncture. Can countless innocent children be saved? Can countless destitute families obtain more human living conditions? Can world peace and human civilization be preserved intact? Every individual and every nation must face up to this issue, for it is their problem.

What is at stake, then? Pope Paul VI minces no words. Children growing up in poverty, families struggling to provide for the most vulnerable in the household, and over it all, the threat of war and violence.

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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