Encyclical on Capitalism and Inequality
On Care for Our Common Home
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August 2015 / 9781784784607

“An urgent call to action.” – New York Times

In his most radical encyclical to date, Pope Francis takes aim at the heart of the world’s problems: capitalism. Impassioned and wide-ranging, and citing the overwhelming evidence for the human suffering that it causes, the Pope makes a powerful case for urgent collective action. Capitalism is, in his own words, “one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day.”

This edition has been lightly edited for clarity by Sam Lavigne.


“An urgent call to action.”

“The most astonishing and perhaps the most ambitious papal document of the past 100 years.”

“A powerful, prophetic, and personal plea.”

“A bold act by the pope, the encyclical in many ways reflects a movement that has been growing for decades.”

“A call to action … addressed to ‘every person living on this planet.’”

“The pope’s clarion call adds an ethical dimension to a debate too often bogged down in warring statistics and economic arguments.”

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