Populorum progressio
Latin for 'The Development of Peoples'
Encyclical of Pope Paul VI
Coat of arms of Pope Paul VI
Signature date26 March 1967
SubjectThe need to promote the development of peoples
Number5 of 7 of the pontificate

Populorum progressio is an encyclical written by Pope Paul VI on the topic of "the development of peoples" and that the economy of the world should serve mankind and not just the few. It was released on 26 March 1967.

It touches on a variety of principles of Catholic social teaching such as the right to a just wage; the right to security of employment; the right to fair and reasonable working conditions; the right to join a union; and the universal destination of resources and goods.

Twenty years later, Pope John Paul II issued another encyclical, Sollicitudo rei socialis, in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Populorum progressio.

In 2004, the UK-based nongovernmental development organisation Catholic Institute for International Relations (CIIR), changed its name to Progressio and established Progressio Ireland in Dublin. The organisation takes its name from this document and is based on Catholic Social Teachings (CST) espoused in the encyclical.

In 2009, Pope Benedict XVI published the encyclical Caritas in veritate, which again, addressed many of the themes discussed in Populorum progressio.

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