Redemptor Hominis

Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 1979
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Overview

Pope John Paul II promulgated Redemptor Hominis (Redeemer of Man) only five months after his election to the pontifical throne. The encyclical letter provided an outline for the objectives of his pontificate. Rooted in the pope's characteristic "personalism," the letter explores the far-reaching implications of the fact that "the Redeemer of man, Jesus Christ, is the center of the universe and of history." In section one, "Inheritance," the pope expressed the need to continue the work of the Second Vatican Council, especially with regards to ecumenism. In section two, "The Mystery of the Redemption," the Incarnation is placed at the very center of human reality, redeeming the true dignity of humanity and of all creation. In section three, "Redeemed Man and His Situation in the Modern World," the pope expresses that the condition of humanity in the world must be the concern of the Church because of the inherent dignity of man as confirmed in Christ. In the final section, "The Church's Mission and Man's Destiny," the Church is posited as the living reality of man's redeemed vocation, a reality that is most perfect in the Eucharist.

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