December 31, 2009.
The awaited encyclical “Charity in Truth” was published on July 7 after two and a half years of work. In it the pope touches on themes like globalization, the environment and the economy.
Benedict XVI proposed a new economic system based on ethics that keeps human beings in mind.
Economist, University of Bologna (Italia)
"The encyclical sees Capitalism in its historic dimension and suggests
going beyond it. It highlights the intrinsic limits of Capitalism,
whose goal is to obtain the greatest possible benefit, and suggests
that all society have this goal too.
Card. Renato Martino
President, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
The whole encyclical talks about ethics. Not only ethics in finances
but in all actions by those responsible, because the world cannot be
governed without moral principles.
The pope warned about the dangers of mere sentimental solidarity that
hinders the progress of underdeveloped societies and said that
societies cannot move forward if there is no respect for life.
Three days after its release, the pope received President Barack Obama
and his wife in the Vatican, who was in Italy for the G8 summit.
"It’s a great honor. Thank you so much.”
During the meeting, Obama said he would work to reduce the number of
abortions in the U.S. They also talked about peace in the Middle East
and aid to Africa and Latin America.
On July 13, the pope left for Les Combes in northern Italy on a two
week vacation. Shortly after arriving he fell and broke his wrist and
underwent surgery to treat the fracture. After it was all over he
didn’t lose his sense of humor.
“Unfortunately, my guardian angel didn’t stop my fall, and surely did
so following orders from above. Perhaps the Lord wanted to teach me to
be more patient and humble, and give me more time for prayer and
meditation. It was not a coincidence."
The accident didn’t stop him from working on his next book. At the end
of the month he left for Caste Gandolfo to continue his work, far from
the heat of Rome.