Pope Benedict XVI has completed his second encyclical, a meditation on Christian hope, Vatican sources said.
The text, tentatively titled “Spe Salvi” (“Saved by Hope”), is about 65 pages, sources said Oct. 16. No release date has been set for the document.
The working title comes from St. Paul’s letter to the Romans, in which he wrote: “For in hope we have been saved.” The encyclical is said to explore the Christian understanding of hope, with reference to modern philosophy and the challenges of disbelief.
The pope worked on the encyclical this summer, when he had time to write during his sojourns in northern Italy and at his villa outside Rome. At the same time, he was working on a third encyclical that deals with social themes, Vatican officials said.
This is really quite interesting and I am really wondering if he will be the first pope to write an encyclical trilogy. His first encyclical being on love, his second on hope, so surely the next one will be on faith. Coming to a book store near you – the theological virtues trilogy!
I wonder how many will remember the Times of London reported that the pope’s second encyclical will focus on social and economic problems facing mankind in an era of globalization. That it would condemn tax evasion and tax havens.