Rerum Novarum Issued by Pope Leo XIII in 1891, this
encyclical letter explores the conditions of the working classes in the wake of
the industrial revolution. He sets out the rights and duties of workers,
employers and governments.
Mater et Magistra Pope John XXIII issued this encyclical
letter on Christianity and social progress in 1961. He saw poverty and
inequality as international questions requiring the solidarity of the whole
Pacem in Terris This 1963 encyclical letter from Pope John
XXIII focuses on issues of peace in a nuclear age. Addressed to all people of
good will, it reflects in detail on human rights.
Gaudium et Spes The Pastoral Constitution on the Church in
the Modern World was issued by the Second Vatican Council in 1965. Its
presentation of the role of the Church in the world marked a major development
in the understanding of the place of work for justice in the mission of the
Populorum Progressio Pope Paul VI’s 1967 encyclical
introduced the idea of integral human development. Noting the disparities in
wealth between countries as the process of decolonisation progressed, it
declared development to be the ‘new name for peace’.
Octogesima Adveniens In this 1971 Apostolic Letter Pope
Paul VI reflects on the challenges of post-industrial society and the
inadequacy of ideologies to address them.
Justicia in Mundo The 1971 Synod of Bishops issued this
statement on justice in the world. They proclaim work for the promotion of
justice to be an essential part of the mission of the Church.
Evangelii Nuntiandi Pope Paul VI's 1974 Apostolic
Exhortation on evangelization in the modern world remains a landmark
document on the mission of the Church. It affirms the witness of life as
the first means of
Sollicitudo rei Socialis Pope John Paul II’s 1987
encyclical on social concerns marks the twentieth anniversary of Populorum Progressio. It examines the
nature of development and economic progress and emphasizes the virtue of
Laborem Exercens Pope John Paul II issued this encyclical on
human labour to mark the ninetieth anniversary of Rerum Novarum. It is notable for its well-developed spirituality
and philosophy of work.
Centesimus Annus Pope John Paul II’s last major social
encyclical was issued in 1991 to mark the one hundredth anniversary of Rerum Novarum. It reflects on the
collapse of the Soviet Union and the role of culture in authentic human
Understanding Evangelisation was first developed by a
task group in preparation for Hearts on Fire conference in Brisbane in 1999 and
was presented at the gathering by Bishop Michael Putney.
Your Light Shine Let Your Light Shine articulates the future
directions for the Archdiocese of Brisbane in the light of the Synod
Promulgation 2003 and provides a practical planning focus for our efforts to be
a vibrant and evangelising local Church.