Reflections on the Holy Father's Encyclical

Reflections on the Holy Father's Encyclical Deus Caritas Est

1. Cardinal Renato Martino - Cardinal Martino, President of the Councils for Justice and Peace and for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, locates the heart of Pope Benedict XVI's Encyclical, Deus Caritas Est, in the proposition that, because Christianity proclaims truth and love, it is "the religion of the communion and unity of the human race."

2. Archbishop Bruno Forte - The Archbishop of Chieti-Vasto, Italy, describes the Holy Father's Encyclical as both simple and dramatic, going "straight to the heart of the revelation of God." God is love (agape), and in Jesus Christ He makes this love possible for us, for whom it is naturally impossible.