VATICAN CITY, NOV 23, 2007 (VIS) – The new Encyclical of Benedict XVI, “Spe salvi,” will be presented in the Holy See Press Office at 11.30 a.m. on Friday, November 30. The document will be presented by Cardinal Georges Marie Martin Cottier O.P., pro-theologian emeritus of the Pontifical Household, and by Cardinal Albert Vanhoye S.J., professor emeritus of New Testament exegesis at the Pontifical Biblical Institute.
Pope relies on Christian hope for encyclical Times Online [UK] November 23, 2007:
As cardinals gathered around the world today for an extraordinary consistory it was announced that Pope Benedict XVI would shortly issue the second encyclical of his papacy, on the theme of “Christian hope”.
The 81-page letter to be sent to the world’s bishops was written during the summer both at the Pope’s retreat in the mountains of northern Italy, Lorenzago di Cadore, and his summer residence at Castelgandolfo. The document will exhort Christians not to be afraid in the face of world upheavals, violence, rapid change and “human dramas” but rather to embrace “hope founded on faith”.
The Cardinal Secretary of State, Tarcisio Bertone, said the Pope would sign the document on 30 November, but did not say when the text would be published. It will be the 295th papal encyclical since the first was issued in 1740, and will be entitled “Spe Salvi”.