Pre-Orders Open for Pope's 3rd Encyclical

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NEW YORK, DEC. 24, 2008 ( Benedict XVI’s third encyclical — rumored to have the title “Caritas in Veritate” — is already on pre-sale at various online book stores, including Amazon and Ignatius Press.

Though vendors are previewing an April ’09 publication date, when Cardinal Renato Martino, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, spoke of the encyclical this month, he was no more specific than “the beginning of next year.”

The encyclical is expected to treat issues of social doctrine. And the Holy Father’s message for the World Day of Peace on Jan. 1 was said to preview some of the main points the Pope will develop in the encyclical.

In July, Benedict XVI’s secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, said the encyclical “comes and goes from the Pope’s desk, because he doesn’t want to repeat common concepts of the Church’s social doctrine, but wants to offer something original, according to the challenges of today.”

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