Skip to comments.Papal Encyclical on Faith Announced
Posted on 11/13/2012 6:57:24 AM PST by marshmallow
Pope Benedict XVIs fourth encyclical will be released in the first half of 2013, timed to coincide with the Year of Faith.
VATICAN CITY Pope Benedict XVI is to publish a new encyclical on faith sometime during the first six months of 2013, the Vatican has confirmed.
The Pope is preparing a new encyclical on the subject of faith, to be published in the first half of next year, during the Year of Faith, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told the Register this morning.
The encyclical will be the Popes fourth; he has already written two encyclicals on the other two theological virtues of hope and charity. In 2006, he published Deus Caritas Est (God Is Love), followed by Spe Salvi (Saved in Hope) in 2007. Both were also related to his third social encyclical, Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth), published in 2009.
Many have, therefore, long speculated the Holy Father would address the third theological virtue of faith and, more recently, that such an encyclical would coincide with the Year of Faith.
According to a Nov. 11 article on the Italian website Vatican Insider, the encyclical is likely to focus on Easter, with a publication date expected during Lent 2013.
Quoting Vatican sources, the website says the Holy Father completed the encyclical during his summer vacation at Castel Gandolfo and is now making finishing touches. It says the Vatican wanted to avoid any overlap with the publication of the final volume of the Popes book Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives, to be published Dec. 4.
Father Lombardi noted that, in August this year, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican secretary of state, mentioned the likelihood of an encyclical, but it remained only a possibility, and the cardinal gave no other details.
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