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Caritas in Veritate addresses the social themes vital to the well-being of humanity and reminds us that authentic renewal of both individuals and society requires living by Christ’s truth in love. Truth in love is the heart of the Church’s social teaching. In this encyclical, Pope Benedict does not offer technical solutions to social problems, but rather focuses on the principles indispensable for authentic human development. The document draws on the past tradition of Catholic social thought and provides an ethical foundation that must both include and transcend politics in addressing the current crises and emerging signs of the times.

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