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Populorum Progressio 86-87: To All Promoters of Development

A final word from 1967 To All Promoters of Development: 86. Finally, a word to those of you who have heard the cries of needy nations and have come to their aid. We consider you the promoters and apostles of … Continue reading

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Populorum Progressio 85: An Appeal To Thoughtful Men (And Women)

85. It must be admitted that (people) very often find themselves in a sad state because they do not give enough thought and consideration to these things. So We call upon (people) of deep thought and wisdom—Catholics and Christians, believers … Continue reading

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Populorum Progressio 84: An Appeal To Government Authorities

Here, Pope Paul VI addressed his words To Government Authorities: 84. Government leaders, your task is to draw your communities into closer ties of solidarity with all (people), and to convince them that they must accept the necessary taxes on … Continue reading

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Populorum Progressio 83: An Appeal To All of Good Will

Pope Paul Appeals To All Men (and Women) of Good Will: 83. Finally, We look to all (people) of good will, reminding them that civil progress and economic development are the only road to peace. Even those who do not … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Populorum Progressio 81: An Appeal To Catholics

In his conclusion to Populorum Progressio, Pope Paul VI first addressed an appeal “To Catholics.” First, it is the duty of a Catholic to work for change in the secular world: 81. We appeal, first of all, to Our (daughters … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Populorum Progressio 79: Hope for the Future

Should we have Hope for the Future? I think so. Pope Paul VI agreed fifty years ago, and perhaps there were more reasons for both caution and optimism then compared to now. Today as then, the hope is not fanciful: 79. … Continue reading

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Populorum Progressio 78: Toward an Effective World Authority

Did Pope Paul VI have a hope they were moving Toward an Effective World Authority in 1967? Today, what could we say? Corruption is still overwhelming in many nations. Maybe most of them. Here in the US, more and more we … Continue reading

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Populorum Progressio 76-77: Development, the New Name for Peace

Pope Paul VI on Development, the New Name for Peace: 76. Extreme disparity between nations in economic, social and educational levels provokes jealousy and discord, often putting peace in jeopardy. Disparity by itself isn’t usually enough to warrant resentment. Too … Continue reading

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Populorum Progressio 75: Prayer and Action

When speaking of those “in dire poverty, enmeshed in ignorance and tormented by insecurity,” as Pope Paul VI did in section 74, we are led to Prayer and Action. 75. Let everyone implore God the Father Almighty that the human race, … Continue reading

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Populorum Progressio 74: An Appeal to Youth

74. We are fully aware of the fact that many young people have already responded wholeheartedly to the invitation of Our predecessor Pius XII, summoning the laity to take part in missionary work. (Fidei Donum (1957)) We also know that … Continue reading

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Populorum Progressio 73: Service To The World

73. Sincere dialogue between cultures, as between individuals, paves the way for ties of (communion). This rather parallels the discussion we are having in Fratelli Tutti. Not only do we have the opportunity for drawing overlooked peoples into the discussion, … Continue reading

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Populorum Progressio 72: The Role Of Experts

72. Technical expertise is necessary, but it must be accompanied by concrete signs of genuine love. Untainted by overbearing nationalistic pride or any trace of racial discrimination, experts should learn how to work in collaboration with everyone. Experts must be … Continue reading

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Populorum Progressio 71: Development Missions

71. We certainly rejoice over the fact that an ever increasing number of experts are being sent on development missions by private groups, bilateral associations and international organizations. These specialists must not “act as overlords, but as helpers and fellow … Continue reading

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