John XXIII's quest for global justice

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Pope John XXIII sought to communicate not only with an insular Church, but with all people of good will. He wanted a universal Church that was just that. Here Vatican Radio looks at his 'social revolution.'

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On April 11, 1963, John XXIII published an encyclical focusing on peace on earth, known by its Latin title Pacem in Terris. This document, the last before his death, called for a social revolution.

In fact, he addressed it is not as tradition dictated to the hierarchy, clergy and Catholic faithful, but to all men of good will.

It was not John XXIII's first document focusing on social justice; he had written an earlier social encyclical by the title of Mater et Magistra, meaning mother and teacher.

Professor of Catholic Social Teaching at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas in Rome, Dominican Alejandro Crosthwaite, puts the revolutionary encyclical focusing on Pacem in Terris into context.

To listen to Veronica Scarisbrick's interview with Professor of Catholic Social Teaching Alejandro Crosthwaite at Vatican Radio, CLICK HERE.

To read more Blessed John XXIII and his social revolution (Vatican Radio)

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