Pope Benedict XVI completes second encyclical on Christian hope

Pope Benedict XVI completes second encyclical on Christian hope October 17, 2007

Good news! The tentative title of his new encyclical? Spe Salvi (“Saved by Hope”) However, this is not the social encyclical we had posted on before–that will be his third encyclical on which he is working right now.

No release date has been set yet.  From Catholic News Service:

The working title comes from St. Paul’s letter to the Romans, in which he wrote: “For in hope we have been saved.” The encyclical is said to explore the Christian understanding of hope, with reference to modern philosophy and the challenges of disbelief.

The pope worked on the encyclical this summer, when he had time to write during his sojourns in northern Italy and at his villa outside Rome. At the same time, he was working on a third encyclical that deals with social themes, Vatican officials said.

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