The only certain big thing on the horizon is the pope's first encyclical, a 46-page meditation titled "Deus Caritas Est" ("God Is Love"), which takes its inspiration from the first letter of St. John. It will be published in early December.
News about the encyclical's content, first reported by Catholic News Service in October, was one of the few tidbits to filter out of the Apostolic Palace in recent weeks. That, too, marks a change.
"We used to joke around here that 'pontifical secret' meant everyone knows except the pope. But under this pope, no one knows anything.
Friday, December 9, 2005
New Encyclical "Deus Caritas"--God is Love
From John Thavis at CNS: