Catholic News Service (CNS) reports that, according to Vatican sources, Pope Benedict has completed a second encyclical, a meditation on Christian hope:
The text, tentatively titled “Spe Salvi” (“Saved by Hope”), is about 65 pages, sources said Oct. 16. . . . .
The working title comes from St. Paul’s letter to the Romans, in which he wrote: “For in hope we have been saved.” The encyclical is said to explore the Christian understanding of hope, with reference to modern philosophy and the challenges of disbelief.
Read the rest of the article here. How exciting!
One of my colleagues wondered if the Pope will also write an encyclical on faith, since he has now covered hope and love. I like that idea. CNS reports that Vatican officials said the Pope’s third encyclical deals with social themes, though, so I guess his encyclical on faith will have to be number 4.
We don’t have a release date yet for Spe Salvi. In the meantime, you might like to check out CUF’s Faith Fact “Hope: A Pilgrim’s Virtue.”