Monday, August 1, 2011

Peace on Earth : Pacem in Terris by Pope John XXIII

This is the last of Pope John XXIII's Encyclical letters, addressing the usual audience of Bishops, Archbishops, etc., and uncommon for such letters, “all men of good will”, in 1963, two months before his death. Demonstrating the comprehensive understanding of the complexities of humanity, the Pope explains the necessity for a rule of law in all lands; an authority ordained by the Lord undertaken by followers, that protects rather than quells individual freedoms; It speaks of natural law, of the civil rights for, and reciprocal duties of, each individual necessary to establish and maintain world peace. It describes a duty to assume leadership roles, that legislative bodies may be spiritually influenced from within. It speaks of an obligation to pursue knowledge and employ it toward universal good. Included here also, is a collection of black and white photographs depicting a spectrum of people around the world enjoying their rights to work, to social security in old age, to gather with family, and much more.

Leatherby Libraries Call Number: OVERSIZE BX 1793 .A253 1964
2nd Floor Humanities Library
Review submitted by: Tracie Hall, Serials & Acquisitions Librarian, Law Library
Rating: Recommended

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