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Populorum Progressio Our predecessors in their great encyclicals, Leo XIII in Rerum Novarum,[1] Pius XI in Quadragesimo Anno[2] and John XXIII in Mater et. On Easter Sunday , two years after the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council, Pope Paul VI announced to the world the encyclical “Populorum. Official Website of the Catholic Church for England and Wales.

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I think Paul would be happy to see Populorum Progressio engaged with in such a dynamic way at this conference, but also saddened at the continuing relevance of the following insights:.

They give force and meaning to the work undertaken, put due order into human life, and thus enhance man’s dignity and his capabilities. AAS 33; Radio message, Christmas This must be done first to protect them from loneliness, the feeling of abandonment and distress, which undermine all moral resistance. Who does not see of what importance they will be for the peace of the world? Already, in Populorum ProgressioPope Paul VI recognised the limited resources of the Earth and that the systems and structures of society should work so that all can have access:.

Regional mutual aid agreements among the poorer nations, broader based programs of support for these nations, major alliances between nations to coordinate these activities—these are the road signs that point the way to national development and world peace. Economics and technology are meaningless if they do not benefit man, for it is he they are to serve. Their message is in danger of being rejected if it is not presented in the context of brotherly love.

This prayer should be matched by the resolute commitment of each individual — according to the measure of his strength and possibilities — to the struggle against underdevelopment. Development demands bold transformations, innovations that go deep.

50 years ago, Populorum Progressio set the course for people-led development

They should in no way hinder it; in fact, they should actively facilitate its implementation. They would not have to worry that financial or technical assistance was being used as a cover for some new form of colonialism that would threaten their civil liberty, exert economic pressure on them, or create a new power group with controlling influence. The hour for action has now sounded. So she offers man her distinctive contribution: While the hierarchy has the role of teaching and authoritatively interpreting the moral laws and precepts that apply in this matter, the laity have the duty of using their own initiative and taking action in this area—without waiting passively for directives and precepts from others.


In countries undergoing development no less than in others, the laymen should take up as their own proper task the renewal of the temporal order.

Editions du Seuil, Consequently, it is not permissible for citizens who have garnered sizeable income from the resources and activities of their own nation to deposit a large portion of their income in foreign countries for the sake of their own private gain alone, taking no account of their country’s interests; in doing this, they clearly wrong their country.

It is also quite natural for nations with a long-standing cultural tradition to be proud of their traditional heritage. Thus the exclusive pursuit of material possessions prevents man’s growth as a human being and stands in opposition to his true grandeur.

The structures established by them persist, however incomplete they may be; they diminished ignorance and sickness, brought the benefits of communications and improved living conditions. The same duty of solidarity that rests on individuals exists also for nations: Teaching the local populations the means of deriving the best advantages from their natural resources, missionaries have often protected them from the greed of foreigners.

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These, however, are the men and women who must be helped, who must be persuaded to work for their own betterment and endeavor to acquire gradually the means to that end. The rule, by virtue of which in times past those nearest us were to be helped in time of need, applies today to enctclical the needy throughout the world.

Conditions that are more human: One Standard for All Encylical to the Representatives of non-Christian Religions, Dec. TPS X, ]. So once again We ask these brothers of Ours to do all in their power to promote living conditions truly worthy of the children of God.

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We would also say a word to those who travel to newly industrialized nations for business purposes: This international collaboration on a world-wide scale requires institutions that will prepare, coordinate and direct it, until finally there is established an order of justice which is universally recognized.


Populorm Christian cannot admit that which is based upon a materialistic and atheistic philosophy, which respects neither the religious orientation of life to its final end, nor human freedom and dignity.

These would ppoulorum less cause for fearing that, under the cloak of financial aid or technical assistance, there lurk certain manifestations of what has pophlorum to be called neo-colonialism, in the form of political pressures and economic suzerainty aimed at maintaining or acquiring complete dominance. You can access this resource here. By teaching the native population how to take full advantage of natural resources, the missionaries often protected them from the greed of foreigners.

Makeshift agrarian reforms may fall short of their goal.

In the meantime, justice must prevail fncyclical dealings between superiors and their subordinates. The natural family, stable and monogamous—as fashioned by God 37 and sanctified by Christianity—”in which different generations live together, helping each other to acquire greater wisdom and to harmonize personal rights with other social needs, is the basis of society” 38 Population Growth We hope that the developing nations will take advantage of their geographical proximity to one another to organize on a broader territorial base and to pool their efforts for the development of a given region.

This common task undoubtedly calls for concerted, continuing and courageous effort. During the colonial period it often flared up between the colonists and the indigenous population, and stood in the way of mutually profitable understanding, often giving rise to bitterness in the wake of genuine injustices.

What must be aimed at is complete humanism. The Present Need They must also acquire the social and economic structures and processes that accord with man’s nature and activity, if their citizens are to achieve personal growth and if their country is to take its rightful place in the international community. Their living conditions are often inhuman, and they must scrimp on their earnings in order to send help to their families who have remained behind in their native land in poverty.

Each man is also a member of society; hence he belongs to the community of man.