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 United with the life-giving Christ, man's life is newly enhanced; it acquires a transcendent humanism which surpasses its nature and bestows new fullness of life. This is the highest goal of human self-fulfillment.

Pope Paul VI, Populorum Progressio, 16

Resources and official documents

The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development’s intention is to make the Church’s teachings in the fields the Dicastery deals with better known and more accessible among lay people, priests, religious, seminarians and catechists, Catholic and non-Catholic institutions, and the Movements and Associations. This will be done through the documents and publications that it has produced, as well as the principal interventions of its Superiors.

Therefore, this section contains Encyclical Letters, Apostolic Letters and Apostolic Exhortations, Motu Proprio, Statements, Instructions and other documents on the themes of pertinence including environment, health, justice, peace, charity, migrants, economy and ethical finance, fringes of humanity, work.

There are also the Papal Messages published for Lent, the World Day of Peace, World Day of the Sick, and the World Day of Migrants and Refugees.

Hence, the reader is presented with an updated catalog of the texts published by the Dicastery, including original documents on economic issues, inspired by the Social Doctrine of the Church or addressed to the world of health, as a pastoral guide and for the purpose of training and to be continuously updated.

The texts of the main interventions of the Prefect of the Dicastery, the Secretary and the Under-Secretaries are also available, according to year.