Pope Paul yesterday (Tuesday) called for rich nations to help poor nations and bring an end to hunger, poverty, strife and greed.
Pope Paul yesterday (Tuesday) called for rich nations to help poor nations and bring an end to hunger, poverty, strife and greed. The peace of the world and the future of civilisation were at stake, he said.
The message was contained in the Papal encyclical -- a letter to the world's 550 million Roman Catholics -- which he signed at the Vatican.
The encyclical was a 20,000-word message entitled "Populorum Progressio" (The Development of Peoples) on which Pope Paul has been working since 1963.
In it, the Pope called the arms race "an intolerable scandal" in the light of the famine, ignorance and destitution that still existed in the world. Unchecked capitalism, he indicated, was partly to blame.
The Pope singled out nationalism and racism as obstacles to universal solidarity.
The encyclical will be the charter of the newly-formed Pontifical Commission for Justice which will meet for the first time next month.