International Conference (online) Rerum Novarum – 130 Years on The Future of the World of Work

Wednesday 5th-Saturday 8th May 2021

International Conference (online) Rerum Novarum – 130 Years on The Future of the World of Work

An International conference to assess the significance of Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical addressing the needs of industrial workers 

To register contact the Rev Dr Ashley Beck: ashley.beck@stmarys.ac.uk

Rerum Novarum (Of New Things) was written in 1891 by Pope Leo XIII and is widely considered as one of the first ‘social encyclical’ letters of the modern Popes.  This document set out the Church’s response to the difficult social conditions created by industrialisation.  It reflects concerns for the ‘the utter poverty of the masses’, upholds the dignity of human work and rejects the inhumane conditions that workers were faced with by arguing for a just wage.  For the first time it argues that private property is a right, and for workers to be able to join and form trade unions.  While the dignity and value of the human person, especially the poor, is integral to the message of the gospel and social concern of the Church, Leo XIII’s letter demonstrated ‘new willingness of the Pope to engage with the rapid changes happening in contemporary society’ (https://www.catholicsocialteaching.org.uk/principles/history/)

To read the document visit: http://www.vatican.va/content/leo-xiii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_l-xiii_enc_15051891_rerum-novarum.html