Vatican: Congress raises hopes for follow-up on Populorum Progressio

The “2nd World Congress of Ecclesial Organisations Working for Justice and Peace” gathered from 22 to 24 November 2007 in Rome. This Vatican-sponsored Congress brought together about 300 lay people, religious, priests and bishops from over 80 counties to discuss the significance of the great social encyclical of Paul VI, Populorum Progressio (“Progress of Peoples”). High on the agenda was PP’s important message that development was not only economic growth but also “the movement of people from less human conditions to more human conditions.”