The Populorum Progressio Roots of Present Day Catholic Social Teaching: Pope Paul VI

Populorum Progressio is widely regarded as the magna carta of development, providing the basis for many of the Catholic Church’s policies on integral human development. Stefano Zamagni, Ph.D., professor of economics at the University of Bologna, discusses how this document formed the foundation of Catholic social teaching and its message for today’s world.

The Center for Social Concerns 2017 Catholic Social Tradition Conference, “The Soul of Development: 50th Anniversary of Populorum Progressio,” addressed the thematic social justice issues in this seminal document of modern Catholic social thought, especially those in the encyclical such as economic justice, international development, solidarity with the poor, peacebuilding and globalization, all of which gave rise to liberation theology and integral human development practices.

April 4, 2017

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