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Of Human Life (Humanae Vitae)  Annotated Edition God Rich in Mercy: 24 Hours for the Lord On the Evangelization In the Modern World (Evangelii Nuntiandi)
Fifty years after its release, the importance and prophetic nature of Humanae Vitae has become more apparent than ever. Pauline Books & Media has released a new edition of Pope Paul VI's encyclical letter in honor of its 50th anniversary to enable modern readers to more fully understand and participate in the document's wisdom and guidance.

This new annotated edition includes a foreword by Helen Alvaré, providing historical context and pointing out several ways Paul VI has been proven prophetic in his teaching. Notes provided by Sr. Marianne Lorraine Trouvé, FSP, give brief explanations at points where contention and misunderstanding have been present regarding the document's meaning.

Features & Benefits:

   original English translation
   foreword by Helen Alvaré, highlighting the historical context and present relevance of the document
   notes by Sr Marianne Lorraine Trouvé, FSP, to orient the reader and provide helpful background and explanations of terms
   inexpensive edition in handy booklet format
   is at the center of the Pauline Books & Media's resources on the Theology of the Body
God Rich in Mercy (Eph 2:4) is the Pastoral Resource that will be used by Catholics who join Pope Francis in the second year of his initiative, "24 Hours for the Lord." This title mirrors the theme that will guide reflection this year. Paul VI, Pope
Mercy Of God (Dives in Misericordia) Humanae Vitae : 50th Anniversary Edition Charity in Truth (Caritas in Veritate)
John Paul II, Pope By Pope Paul VI

The question of human procreation, like every other question which touches human life, involves more than ]€] biology, psychology, demography or sociology. It is the whole man and the whole mission to which he is called that must be considered: both its natural, earthly aspects and its supernatural, eternal aspects." "€" Pope Paul VI, Humanae Vitae

Pope Paul VI's prophetic encyclical Humanae Vitae, issued in 1968, presented the Church's consistent teachings on marriage and contraception to the modern world "€" a world that demanded then, as it does now, that the Church adapt her teachings to itself. Standing calmly and firmly against a culture that sees contraception and abortion as individual choices, Humanae Vitae shows us what it means to share in the creative work of God. Paul VI lays out God's plan for human sexuality, a plan that invites married couples to celebrate the incredible gifts of human love and human life.

Humanae Vitae is a loving and honest look at the benefits and the challenges of Church teaching, and a call to the Church to provide guidance and support for couples as they strive to live out God's design for human life and marriage.
In his third encyclical letter issued on June 29, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI discusses the relationship between morality and the economy, with the global economic crisis that was happening at the time in mind.
Saved in Hope (Spe Salvi) God is Love (Deus Caritas Est) Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World (Familiaris Consortio)
Saved in Hope (Spe Salvi)
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God is Love (Deus Caritas Est)
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In his second encyclical promulgated on November 30, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI discusses the themes of Christian hope, redemption, and salvation. By Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict's first encyclical seeks to show the place of love in the life of the Church. Pope Benedict helps to clarify the meaning of love. He examines the nature of various kinds of love-human love and divine love, eros, friendship, and charity. He writes beautifully and inspirationally that we were made for love by the God who is love, the God who became one of us out of love-Jesus Christ. Benedict insists that we must take up the word love, which has been so abused, and purify it, showing how faith in this love might transforms us. In an age in which "hostility and greed have become superpowers", and in which religion has been abused "to the point of culminating in hatred," the burden of the encyclical is to show that on its own a neutral rationality can no longer protect us; that we need the God who has loved us unto death. This Love has a human face and a human heart. In the second part, Benedict links the Church's charitable work with the love of the Trinitarian God, stating that the charitable activity of the Church and her works of justice express love. An excellent reflection for both religious and civic leaders, those involved in ministry and those preparing for marriage.
John Paul II, Pope
Sacrament of Charity (Sacramentum Caritatis) Word of the Lord, The (Verbum Domini) Rich in Mercy : Encyclical Letter o
By Pope Benedict XVI

Sacramentum Caritatis. In his first apostolic exhortation issued on February 22, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI explains why the Eucharist is so important in the Church. Continuing the theme of his first encyclical, God Is Love, Benedict shows how in the sacrament of the Eucharist, Jesus shows us the truth about love. The document points out the way to living an authentic Eucharistic spirituality so that the sacrament of love extends beyond the liturgy into every aspect of our daily lives. Thus the sacrament brings us the hope of eternal life and makes us holy.
By Pope Benedict XVI

Verbum Domini. This is the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation following the Twelfth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, meeting in the Vatican from October 5-26, 2008 which had as its theme The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church. In this document, Pope Benedict XVI sums up the important work done by the Synod of Bishops.
John Paul II,
On the Call to Holiness in Today's World (Gaudete et Exsultate) Lay Members of Christ's Faithful People (Christifidelis Laici) On the Dignity and Vocation of Women (25th Anniversary Edition)
In his third apostolic exhortation, Pope Francis re-proposes the call to holiness in a practical way for our time. Pope Francis speaks directly to your heart, challenging you with a fresh approach to the holiness that is the hallmark of the saints, and at the same time reachable for all of us.

You will find yourself encouraged and supported by his witty and insightful advice, and you'll be encouraged by this assurance that in holiness we will find our true happiness.
John Paul II, Pope Commemorate the 25th anniversary of On the Dignity and Vocation of Women by Pope John Paul II.
Gospel of Life , The (Evangelium Vitae) On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si) Amoris Laetitia: The Joy of Love
Amoris Laetitia: The Joy of Love
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John Paul II, Pope By Pope Francis
Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home with Study Guide Amoris Laetitia: On Love in the Family Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home
By Pope Francis

"[I]t is no longer enough to speak only of the integrity of ecosystems. We have to dare to speak of the integrity of human life, of the need to promote and unify all the great values. Once we lose our humility, and become enthralled with the possibility of limitless mastery over everything, we inevitably end up harming society and the environment."
-Pope Francis, On Care for Our Common Home

Addressed not only to Catholics but to "every person living on this planet," Pope Francis' second encyclical is a challenging call for a "bold cultural revolution" in how we think about technological progress and economic growth. The degradation of our environment, he says, is a symptom of deeper problems: rapid change, unsustainable overconsumption, indifference to the poor, and the decay of social values. He offers a variety of solutions, including a change in lifestyles away from "extreme consumerism" and towards a greater sense of social responsibility. For Christians, an "ecological spirituality"-one that is grounded in the convictions of our faith-is not "an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience."

Drawing on the rich social teachings of the Church, Laudato Si' is a groundbreaking document that will be discussed and studied by both believers and non-believers for years to come.

Study Guide Included for Reflection and Discussion.
By Pope Francis
On Care for Our Common Home - Laudato Si, is the new appeal from Pope Francis addressed to every person living on this planet for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. Pope Francis calls the Church and the world to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges and to join him in embarking on a new path. This encyclical is written with both hope and resolve, looking to our common future with candor and humility.
Amoris Laetitia: The Joy of Love Saved in Hope (Spe Salvi) Charity in Truth (Caritas in Veritate)
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Pope Benedict XVI’s second encyclical, Saved In Hope, (Spe Salvi in Latin) takes its title from St. Paul, who wrote, “In hope we have been saved”. In this special deluxe hardcover edition of the work, the Holy Father continues a line of thought he began with his first encyclical, God is Love. By Pope Benedict XVI

Benedict XVI has something for everyone in Charity in Truth—from praising profit to defending the environment, from calling for a role for government in the economy to insisting on the necessity of moral transformation and “gratuitousness” in economic life, from the issue of immigration to the importance of technology. However, he also insists on discernment and the purification of our ideas by faith and reason, in order to temper any immoderate and one-sided enthusiasms.

Charity and Truth was expected to be—and is—the Pope's encyclical on "social justice." And indeed "justice" and "rights" find their proper place. But "charity" and "truth" are shown to be the fundamental principles. "Charity is at the heart of the Church's social doctrine", he writes. "Without truth, without trust and love for what is true, there is no social conscience and responsibility, and social action ends up serving private interests and the logic of power".

Benedict calls for "integral human development," which promotes “the good of every man and of the whole man", including the spiritual dimension, “the perspective of eternal life”. Without this, “human progress in this world is denied breathing-space."

What’s more, true development requires “openness to life”. “"If there is lack of respect for the right to life and a natural death,” he writes, “if human conception, gestation and birth are made artificial, if human embryos are sacrificed to research, the conscience of society ends up losing the concept of human ecology and, along with it, that of environmental ecology. It is contradictory to insist that future generations respect the natural environment when our educational system and laws do not help them to respect themselves."

With respect to economics, the Pope insists “every economic decision has a moral consequence.” He avoids the extremes of an unbridled capitalism and socialism. Instead, he holds that “the logic of the market and the logic of the State”—free economic exchange with political oversight and restraint—are not enough to secure human flourishing. There must be a generosity and “gratuitousness” among citizens and nations that goes beyond economic and political systems. “Charity” is necessary for “justice” to be “justice”.

Benedict also argues that technology must not be seen as automatically providing solutions to problems, without the need for morality. Nor must man seek to avoid responsibility for overcoming social problems by rejecting technological development as inevitably evil. Benedict insists that man must be humble yet confident that he can, through faith and reason, make true progress in human development.
Light of Faith, The (Lumen Fidei) Praise Be To You: Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home
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This is the first encyclical from Pope Francis. By Pope Francis