“The Gospel of life is at the heart of Jesus’ message” (§1.1). With these words Pope John Paul II begins his eleventh encyclical, Evangelium Vitae, published on March 25, 1995. He aptly chose the feast of the Annunciation, which celebrates Mary’s welcoming of the Son of God who took flesh in her womb, to issue a document dedicated to the value and inviolability of human life. By taking up the cause of the “great multitude of weak and defenseless human beings” (§5.4), especially unborn children and those at the end of life, the Pope continues the defense of human dignity dealt with in his three social encyclicals. Evangelium Vitae is an anguished and vigorous response to “scientifically and systematically programmed threats” against life (§17.2), assaults which have repercussions on Church teaching, touching upon “the core of her faith in the redemptive Incarnation of the Son of God” (§3.1).
... As Archbishop J. Michael Miller writes in his commentary on the encyclical. You can find his overview here, on the OSV web site; read it online or download it as a PDF file. It's great for personal study, or for a parish small group study.
You can read the entire encyclical online here (Vatican site); if you'd like to order a paper copy, please click here.
Don't forget to show your support for the #FaithtoLife campaign during this Year of Faith from now until July 4! Visit the OSV Faithful to Life page for resources and support. Tweet, Facebook, blog and tell your friends and neighbors!
Find information about the Vatican Year of Faith event 'Celebrating Evangelium Vitae' here.