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Resources on Pope Paul VI's Landmark Encyclical Now Available

CHICAGO, IL (July 18, 2008) – Resources for observing the 40th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI’s landmark, 1968 encyclical, are now available on the Archdiocese of Chicago’s website, Humanae Vitae and the Church, an address that Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, gave this past March, will be posted early next week.

The resources currently available include: Celebrating the Richness of Church Teaching, an article by Dr. Janet Smith, a professor of moral theology at Detroit’s Sacred Heart Seminary, and author of Humanae Vitae: A Generation Later; a link to the Humanae Vitae encyclical on the Vatican website; a Humane Vitae Question and Answer session produced by clergy members of the California Association of Natural Family Planning; and English and Spanish language versions of A Novena Leading to the 40th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae July 17-25.

Humanae Vitae, which in Latin means Of Human Life, was first given at St. Peter’s Basilica on July 25, 1968. Subsequent Catholic teachings on human sexuality, including 1987’s Donum Vitae or The Gift of Life, by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and 1995’s The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality, by the Pontifical Council for the Family, are available on the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Respect Life Office’s web page at

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