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Spe salvi


Pope Benedict XVI promulgated Spe Salvi (Saved by Hope) in 2007. The encyclical is a exploration of the theological virtue of hope and its relationship to redemption. The pontiff explains that the hope offered by Christ is not that of political liberation or economic abundance, but is rather of an encounter with the living God that surpasses all socio-political considerations. The letter is divided into eight sections: "Faith is Hope," "The Concept of Faith-Based Hope in the New Testament and the Early Church," "Eternal Life—What Is It?," "Is Christian Hope Individualistic?," "The Transformation of Christian Faith-Hope in the Modern Age," "The True Shape of Christian Hope," "'Settings' for Learning and Practicing Hope," and "Mary, Star of Hope."