Populorum Progressio 82: An Appeal To Other Christians and Believers

In his words “To Other Christians and Believers,” Pope Paul VI makes two suggestions. First to Protestants, Orthodox, and Anglicans, an invitation to work side by side with Catholics to minimize sin and emphasize virtues:

82. All Our Christian (sisters and) brothers, We are sure will want to consolidate and expand their collaborative efforts to reduce (humanity’s) immoderate self-love and haughty pride, to eliminate quarrels and rivalries, and to repress demagoguery and injustice—so that a more human way of living is opened to all, with each (person) helping others out of (familial) love.

Pope Paul VI also recalls post-conciliar efforts to dialogue with people of non-Christian religions:

Furthermore, We still remember with deep affection the dialogue We had with various non Christian individuals and communities in Bombay. So once again We ask these (sisters and) brothers of Ours to do all in their power to promote living conditions truly worthy of the children of God.

Doubtless, there remains much in common regarding the human virtues we share with Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and even pagans.

This encyclical letter is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana, and can be found in its entirety at this link.

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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