Populorum Progressio between Memories and Hopes


Serie: Journals of the Observatory/05
Publisher: Edizioni Cantagalli
Pages: 110
Price: €8.5

A new title in the Series of our Observatory by Editore Cantagalli of Siena (Italy): Cardinal Poupard wrote an intense book, full of memories and personal recollections, on Paul VI’s Populorum Progressio on the 40th anniversary of its publication. The Author is the current sident of the Pontifical Council for Culture and of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

The Book

After Vatican Council II, the Church became aware of her mission as “the yeast in the dough” of a multiracial, multicultural and multireligious society in a time of great social and political change. On Easter of 1967, Paul VI, who was the Pontiff at the time, promulgated the Encyclical Populorum Progressio, where he explored the tensions of his time and the prospects for the times to come, outlining with incredible sharpness the “prediction, analysis and therapy” of the future. The message sent by the pontiff is very simple and innovative at the same time: humanity must promote a common and global human development. In this book, Cardinal Poupard retraces, through his personal memories, the fundamental steps in the drafting of the encyclical and brings its pulsing strength back to life. Forty years after its publication, in fact, the unitary proposition of Populorum Progressio is more current and urgent than ever. In that which can be rightly defined as an ante litteram encyclical on globalization, Pope Paul VI stressed with apostolic courage the urgent need for a concerted global action to help the whole of humanity fulfill its moral and material development. There is a one-way path that allows to achieve this goal and it involves values such as social justice, a dialogue based on man, peace among peoples and an international economy conceived in a spirit of global cooperation.