Encyclical of March 25, 1995 by Pope John Paul II.
The Gospel of life is at the heart of Jesus' message. Lovingly received day after day by the Church, it is to be preached with dauntless fidelity as 'good news' to the people of every age and culture.
Today this proclamation is especially pressing because of the extraordinary increase and gravity of threats to the life of individuals and peoples, expecially where life is weak and defenseless. In addition to the ancient scourges of poverty, hunger, endemic diseases, violence and war, new threats are emerging on an alarmingly vast scale.
Topics include: Present-day threats to human life, the Christian message concerning life, God's Holy Law, and a new culture of human life.