.- The President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Cardinal Renato Martino, announced the long-awaited âCatechism of Social Doctrineâ will be published at the end of April.
The Cardinal said the document will bring together material from historial papal encyclicals on social issues, including Rerum Novarum, by Pope Leo XIII, Sollicitudo rei socialis and Centesimus Annus, both by Pope John Paul II. The new compendium will replace the previous âSocial Agenda: A Collection of Magisterial Textsâ and has been long-awaited since the end of 2000. The project was postponed by the untimely death of the former President of the Justice and Peace diacastery, Cardinal Francois Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan.
The âSocial Catechismâ is a response to the request made by Pope John Paul II in the Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America, which was presented in 1999 in the Basilica of Guadalupe. In that document the Holy Father underscored the usefulness of âan authorized compendium or synthesis, including a âcatechism,â which would show the relation between Catholic social teaching and the new evangelization.â