See this online text:
- Encyclical Letter “Caritas in Veritate” on Integral Human Development in Charity and Truth, by Pope Benedict XVI, June 29, 2009. May be read online at the Holy See; and available in pdf format (here) at the Catholic Church in England and Wales.
See also these commentaries on the encyclical:
- “Continuity and Res Novae in the Encyclical Letter Caritas in Veritate”, by Dr. Manfred Spieker [Professor of Christian Social Thought, Department of Catholic Theology, Universität Osnabrück], Journal of Markets & Morality, Volume 14, Number 2 (Fall 2011): pp. 327–343 (Copyright © 2011). Available in pdf format through this page of the Journal of Markets & Morality.
- “The Encyclical Caritas in Veritate: Christian Tradition and the Modern World”, by Professor Msgr. Martin Schlag, Romana, Vol. XXV (July – December 2009): pp. 374-387. May be read online, and available in pdf and rtf formats through this page of the Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer and Opus Dei Virtual Library. May also be read online on this page of Romana.
- International Catholic Organizations & Catholic Inspired NGOs: Their Contribution to the Building of the International Community (The Caritas in Veritate Foundation, 2012). The Caritas In Veritate Foundation Working Papers: “The City of God in the Palace of Nations”. Available in PDF format on this page of the Caritas in Veritate Foundation.
- “New Challenges for Catholic-Inspired NGOs in Light of Caritas in Veritate”, by Jane Adolphe, The Catholic Social Science Review, vol. 16 (2011): pages 181-193. Available in pdf format (on this page) at the Philosophy Documentation Center.
- “Transparency in Business: The Perspective of Catholic Social Teaching and the ‘Caritas in Veritate’”, by Professors Antonino Vaccaro and Alejo Jose´ G. Sison, Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 100 (2011): pp. 17–27. Published online: 6 January 2012. Available at Academia.edu (uploaded by Alejo Jose G. Sison) and ResearchGate.net (uploaded by Alejo Jose G. Sison).
See also the following materials or index of materials concerning the encyclical:
- “Caritas in Veritate: Resource Material” at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
- Fraternity, Reciprocity and New Economic Problems, a brilliant and incisive lecture by Professor Stefano Zamagni, 15 April 2010.
- “Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclical ‘Caritas in Veritate’”, a list of links to online resouces, by Christopher Blosser, July 7, 2009, at First Things.
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“Only if we are aware of our calling, as individuals and as a community, to be part of God’s family as his sons and daughters, will we be able to generate a new vision and muster new energy in the service of a truly integral humanism. The greatest service to development, then, is a Christian humanism that enkindles charity and takes its lead from truth, accepting both as a lasting gift from God.
“Openness to God makes us open towards our brothers and sisters and towards an understanding of life as a joyful task to be accomplished in a spirit of solidarity. On the other hand, ideological rejection of God and an atheism of indifference, oblivious to the Creator and at risk of becoming equally oblivious to human values, constitute some of the chief obstacles to development today. A humanism which excludes God is an inhuman humanism…
“Development requires attention to the spiritual life, a serious consideration of the experiences of trust in God, spiritual fellowship in Christ, reliance upon God’s providence and mercy, love and forgiveness, self-denial, acceptance of others, justice and peace… All this is of man, because man is the subject of his own existence; and at the same time it is of God, because God is at the beginning and end of all that is good, all that leads to salvation…”