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It was promulgated eight months into the pontificate and addresses truth, unity and peace in the spirit of charity. The document makes several references to the planned Second Vatican Ecumenical Council later held during — It was neither a trend-setting social document or doctrinal exposition, but instead a fatherly message which was seen as addressing its issues with warmth and pastoral concern.
The encyclical named indifference towards the truth as the cause of many of the world's social evils, and called for modern communications and the press to remember their responsibility to report only the truth. It asserted that the Catholic Church is distinguished by three unities: unity of doctrine, unity of organization, unity of worship.
Ad Petri Cathedram (English)
Issued on June 29, , the Feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul, Ad Petri Cathedram is about many things — the need for Christian unity under the Holy See, preparations for Vatican II, the role of bishops, the mission of religious, the value of theology, the urgency of world peace, and the necessity of social justice. The encyclical minces no words. After extending his greetings and apostolic blessings, Pope John comments:. T his is followed by a series of dramatic warnings that still concern us today. It is the basis of much of the order, progress, and prosperity of civil society. Harmony is achieved when husbands and wives embrace their God-given roles, and when children, in return, honor and obey their parents.
Ad Petri Cathedram
We who have been elevated despite Our unworthiness to the Chair of Peter have often reflected on the things We saw and heard when Our predecessor passed from this life. Virtually the entire world, regardless of race or creed, mourned his passing. And then when We were summoned to the dignity of Sovereign Pontiff, great numbers of people, although occupied with other things or weighed down with troubles and difficulties, turned their thoughts and affections to us, and placed their hopes and expectations in Us. For these reflections of Ours, We have drawn comfort and instruction.