It is up to the Christian communities to analyze
with objectivity the situation which is proper to
their own countryâ.
185.âIn what follows I intend to concentrate on
two great issues which strike me as fundamental
at this time in history. I will treat them more fully
because I believe that they will shape the future
of humanity. These issues are first, the inclusion
of the poor in society, and second, peace and so-
186.âOur faith in Christ, who became poor,
and was always close to the poor and the outcast,
is the basis of our concern for the integral de-
velopment of societyâs most neglected members.
In union with God, we hear a plea
187.âEach individual Christian and every com-
munity is called to be an instrument of God for
the liberation and promotion of the poor, and
for enabling them to be fully a part of society.
This demands that we be docile and attentive to
the cry of the poor and to come to their aid. A
mere glance at the Scriptures is enough to make
us see how our gracious Father wants to hear the
(14 May 1971), 4:
AAS 63 (1971), 403.