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Dives in Misericordia


Written in 1980, Dives in Misericordia (Rich in Mercy) was Pope John Paul II's second encyclical. The letter focuses on the mercy of God, an attribute, the pope argues, that is stronger than all evil. What's more, God's mercy does not humiliate man, but rather elevates his dignity. As the manifestation of God's love in the world, mercy is the central message of Christ's preaching. The letter as a whole is an exploration of the role of God the Father's mercy throughout salvation history and within the mystery of redemption. It follows this theme through eight sections: "He Who Sees Me Sees the Father," "The Messianic Message," "The Old Testament," "The Parable of the Prodigal Son," "The Paschal Mystery," "Mercy . . . From Generation to Generation," "The Mercy of God in the Mission of the Church," and "The Prayer of the Church in Our Times."