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Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church.

Vatican City -- The Holy See has published its long-awaited Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church in both Italian and English. Other languages will follow.

The document, written by the pontifical council and introduced by a letter of Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano, will present in a systematic manner the principles of the Church's social doctrine in diverse areas of public life.

The compendium is "divided into three parts, which address the principles, content and pastoral perspectives" of Church teaching, in order to address appropriately "the social questions of our time." It marks the first time the Church has published a compendium of these characteristics on social doctrine.

"I have no doubt that the compendium will be a useful instrument for the moral and pastoral discernment of the complex events that characterize our days," Cardinal Renato Martino said during a lecture in Bologna.

The document addresses current critical issues such as globalization, the international financial system, the role of the international community in the era of global economy, the relation between the Church and religious communities, and the struggle against terrorism.

The social doctrine of the Church should not be regarded as just one more ethical value system. It is part of the proclamation of the Gospel, and the truths of the Gospel are the foundations of peace and justice.

The compendium was initiated by Cardinal Martino's predecessor, Cardinal Francois-Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan, who died in September 2002. (Zenit Oct. 10, 25, 2004) Order from Catholic bookstores (see advertisments).
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Date:Dec 1, 2004
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