'Pacem in Terris' provides model for today

Archbishop Roland Minnerath

Archbishop Roland Minnerath

May 7, 2012

As the Catholic Church increases its new evangelization efforts and works for justice and peace in the world, it would be wise to imitate the positive, prophetic approach taken by Blessed John XXIII in his encyclical Pacem in Terris, a French archbishop said.

Archbishop Roland Minnerath of Dijon told an April 27 meeting of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences the academy is preparing to mark the 50th anniversary next year of Pacem in Terris, the encyclical "on establishing peace in truth, justice, charity and liberty."

Minnerath said the encyclical had an unusually positive and popular reception around the world, first of all because it was the first encyclical addressed to "all men of good will."