The Timeliness of the Message of the Encyclical Centesimus Annus: An Analysis from the Perspective of the 30th Anniversary of Its Publication

Keywords: Encyclical Letter Centesimus Annus, John Paul II, the social teaching of the Church


The article points to the topicality of the encyclical Centesimus Annus, the third social encyclical of John Paul II, from the perspective of the 30th anniversary of its publication. The author brought to the fore the prophetic character of the encyclical as an important message for the countries of Central and Eastern Europe during the transformation period after the fall of communism, emphasizing its timelessness and topicality. Centesimus Annus became the voice of the Church, which, through the very nature of its social teaching and its prophetic and critical specificity, has the right to make judgments in social matters.


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