At 50, ‘Populorum Progressio’ takes on new life through Pope Francis

Released March 26, 1967 — perhaps purposefully on Easter — Blessed Paul’s encyclical, “Populorum Progressio” (“The Progress of Peoples”,) rooted the Catholic Church in solidarity with the world’s poorest nations. He called for the elimination of economic disparity and reminded people to recognize the common threads that unite humanity in a world with finite resources.