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Second encyclical to be signed on November 30

According to Italian news agency ANSA, Cardinal Bertone has affirmed that the second Encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI, on hope (which we first mentioned here in early October), Spe Salvi, will be signed on November 30 - though its date of public release has not yet been set. (Transcript)

UPDATE (November 23: 1100 GMT): The Encyclical "Spe Salvi" will be officially presented next Friday, November 30, in a press conference hosted by Cardinal Cottier and Cardinal Vanhoye. The encyclical will be published in the Latin original, and in French, English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Polish translations.


  1. Anonymous6:49 PM

    The first encyclical talked about charity, and now the second about hope... would be the next one about FAITH?

  2. I look forward reading it. The last one was very favorably received in the Orthodox world.

    Happy Thanksgiving

  3. Anonymous1:21 PM

    Latin original ? Can we believe it? Has our dear Holy Father returned to the custom of writing encyclical letters in Latin?


  4. Not likely. Fr. Zuhlsdorf reported a while back that the Latin text was the work of several different translators. "Original" is probably used here in the sense of being normative.

  5. It is the "original" text because it is truly the "origin" and reference of all translations.

  6. Anonymous1:58 PM

    Should we expect to see anything about Limbo in this document? John Allen hints at this in his column today.

  7. Anonymous3:01 PM

    80 year-old popes don't let the grass grow under their feet!

  8. Anonymous4:26 PM

    This is such welcome news. In a culture where so many intellectuals and elites have rejected God, hope is often the most difficult virtue for the wayfaring believer. We traditionalists need it more than others in order to avoid cynicism and judgmentalness.

    But I agree that I am more eagerly anticipating an Encyclical on Faith, which is naturally suggested by these first two.


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