Devoted to love and charity: Pope Benedict XVI’s first Encyclical now available

Wednesday, February 01 2006

(CCCB – Ottawa)… Today the Publications Service of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has published the first Encyclical by Pope Benedict XVI which calls on the Church to put love and charity at the heart of its actions in a world that too often associates “hatred and violence” with religion. Entitled Deus Caritas Est – God is love – it discusses the Christian understanding of love and commitment toward others.

The Pope devotes the first part of his text to defining love as a gift from God. In the second part, he highlights how the Church puts its love for the people of the world into practice through charity, a theme never before approached in an encyclical.

An encyclical is a letter from the Pope that is addressed to the bishops of the world, and also to the clergy, persons in consecrated life and all the faithful. It is generally a text of significant teaching value. Throughout his 26 years of pontificate, Pope Benedict XVI’s predecessor, Pope John Paul II, published 14 encyclicals.

The encyclical is now available through the Publications Service of the CCCB. Copies can be obtained for $6.95 CAD (plus tax and shipping) by ordering online at, by e-mail at, by phone at 1-800-769-1147 or by fax at (613) 241-5090

For More information Contact:
Sylvain Salvas
Director, Communications Service
Tel: (613) 241-9461
Fax: (613) 241-9048