A QUARANT’ANNI DALLA “POPULORUM PROGRESSIO” DI PAOLO VI
di Beniamino Di Martino
(Ist. Claretianum – Pontificia Università Lateranense)


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Abstract

On Easter Sunday 1967 Pope Paul VI announced to the world the encyclical “Populorum Pro-gressio”, making a lasting mark on the history of the modern Church. The progressive development of peoples is an object of deep interest and concern to the Church. This is particularly true in the ca-se of those peoples who are trying to escape the ravages of hunger, poverty, endemic disease and igno-rance; of those who are seeking a larger share in the benefits of civilization and a more active im-provement of their human qualities; of those who are consciously striving for fuller growth. The do-cument expressed a prophetic vision of the state of world affairs by drawing from sources of tradition and the Church Fathers. This essay explore the value and meaning of this document.