March 4th, 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of St. John Paul II’s first encyclical Letter -Redemptor Hominis, given on March 4, 1979, the first papal encyclical since 1968!
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Redemptor hominis (Latin: The Redeemer of Man) is the name of the first encyclical written by Pope John Paul II. It lays a blueprint for his pontificate in its exploration of contemporary human problems and especially their proposed solutions found in a deeper understanding of the human person. The encyclical was promulgated on 4 March 1979, less than five months after his installation as pope.