The Redeemer of Man
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Five months after being elected Pope on October 16, 1978, John Paul II addressed his encyclical letter "Redemptor Hominis" to all believers. In it, the new Pope traced the major objectives of his pontificate: the effort to draw all men to Christ, ecumenism, the need to strengthen the moral dimension of progress and the defense of human rights.
These tasks that the Church must face in order to enter the new millennium are based on a truth expressed at the beginning of the letter: "The Redeemer of man, Jesus Christ, is the center of the universe and of history."
The encyclical is divided into four chapters: "Inheritance," "The Mystery of the Redemption," "Redeemed Man and His Situation in the Modern World," and "The Church's Mission and Man's Destiny." It was signed in Rome on March 4, 1979, and published on the 15th of that same month.