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The Development of Peoples

On Populorum Progressio

ISBN13: 9781856075749

ISBN10: 1856075745


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  • Populorum Progressi, published soon after the Second Vatican Council, remains one of the clearest and most challenging statements of Catholic Social Teaching relating to the unacceptable contrast between crushing poverty and related suffering on the one hand, and garish opulence and greed on the other. It inspired a surge in Catholic Social Action around the globe and gave rise to Peace and Justice groups and Catholic relief agencies such as Trocaire and CAFOD. To mark the fortieth anniversary of its publication, writers and practitioners concerned with issues raised in the document look at it again. Themes and aspects of the problem mentioned in the encyclical such as debt, trade, poverty, and human rights are revisited in light of forty years of experience. But this book is not a journey of nostalgia: the authors look at the inspiration offered through the lens of response, both then and now. They not only recall the vision and goals of "Populorum Progressio", but ask how we as a global family have fared in realising that vision and achieving these goals.
    New areas which have been recognised since the publication of the document - like gender, the environment, and HIV/AIDS - are addressed in the light of principles outlined. The writers come from five continents, and include Jon Sobrino SJ (University of Central America, San Salvador), Peter Henriot SJ (Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection, Zambia), Justin Kilcullen (Trocaire), Prof Peadar Kirby (Dublin City University), and Michael Kelly SJ (University of Lusaka). The foreward is written by Mary Robinson (founder of the Ethical Globalization Initiative, and former President of Ireland).

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