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Laborem Exercens: On Human Work (Encyclicals of Pope John Paul II)

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The Holy Father's third encyclical focuses on "the dignity and rights of those who work."
Paperback, 72 pages
Published October 1st 1981 by Pauline Books & Media (first published 1981)
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Nov 19, 2012 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the conclusion, Pope John Paul II gives the best summary of this encyclical:

"In these present reflections devoted to human work we have tried to emphasize everything that seemed essential to it, since it is through man's labor that not only 'the fruits of our activity' but also 'human dignity, brotherhood and freedom' must increase on earth."

As with every encyclical I've read, the Holy Father is laying out a basic guideline. This includes a biblical and, by extension, catechical definition of
W. Littlejohn
Mar 30, 2010 W. Littlejohn rated it really liked it
Hopefully I'll have time for a proper review later. For now, I'll say, a few weak points, question marks, and troubling omissions, but on the whole a wise, godly, and insightful criticism of modern capitalism and proposal for a more just and godly approach to economic life.

I'd really like to hear Christian conservatives stop making snide remarks about how "The Catholic Church doesn't know anything about economics," and actually engage with this encyclical (and others in the Catholic Social Teac
Ben Daghir
Just listen and learn.

Humans yearn to work, and through work, humans can see His Face.

Apr 16, 2015 joseito rated it it was amazing
Shelves: encyclicals
ok this is mostly fine but uh there are some iffy parts maybe you could tone it down next time?
Jun 21, 2007 Yanti rated it really liked it
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Buku ini penuh dengan spirit perubahan. Menaruh penghargaan yang tinggi pada kerja-kerja manusia. Sekaligus merupakan keprihatinan atas ketidakmampuan masyarakat menempatkan kerja manusia sehingga menimbulkan penderitan umat manusia
Margaret Heller
Oct 03, 2010 Margaret Heller rated it liked it
Not too bad. I will have to read it several more times at least before I can really dig deep into it for didactic purposes. I tell you what, though, that John Paul II loved italicized words and didn't like Communism.
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Saint Pope John Paul II (Latin: Ioannes Paulus II), born Karol Józef Wojtyła was elected Pope at the Conclave of 16 October 1978, and he took the name of John Paul II. On 22 October, the Lord's Day, he solemnly inaugurated his Petrine ministry as the 263rd successor to the Apostle. His pontificate, one of the longest in the history of the Church, lasted nearly 27 years.

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