Today the Press Office of the Holy See announced that “Spe Salvi” (Saved by Hope), the new encyclical by Pope Benedict XVI, will be presented on Friday, November 30th.
The presentation of the document, the second of his pontificate after “Deus Caritas Est”, will be overseen by Cardinal Georges Marie Martin Cottier O.P., pro-theologian emeritus of the Pontifical Household, and by Cardinal Albert Vanhoye S.J., professor emeritus of New Testament exegesis at the Pontifical Biblical Institute.
Yesterday the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, confirmed the stories that were published in the Italian press about the publication of the pontifical document. During an ecclesial event which took place Thursday, the cardinal indicated that the encyclical would be signed on November 30th, the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle.
“Spe Salvi” was inspired by the letter of St. Paul to the Romans and will be about Christian hope.