Friday, November 30, 2007
HOT OFF THE PRESSES!! - Spe Salvi
Here is the link to the Vatican's website for the Holy Father's brand new encyclical letter published today, 11-30-07: http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/encyclicals/documents/hf_ben-xvi_enc_20071130_spe-salvi_en.html.
The opening line is: "'SPE SALVI facti sumus'—in hope we were saved, says Saint Paul to the Romans, and likewise to us (Rom 8:24)." This newest encyclical on the theological virtue of "hope" is a beautiful follow-up to Pope Benedict XVI's initial encyclical letter "Deus caritas est" (God is love.)
Please also note the the Holy Father has again emphasized in the heading that his encyclical is directed not only to Bishops, Priests, Deacons and Religious, but also to, "ALL THE LAY FAITHFUL."