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1939 The principle of solidarity, also articulated in terms of "friendship" or "social charity," is a direct demand of human and Christian brotherhood. 45

An error, "today abundantly widespread, is disregard for the law of human solidarity and charity, dictated and imposed both by our common origin and by the equality in rational nature of all men, whatever nation they belong to. This law is sealed by the sacrifice of redemption offered by Jesus Christ on the altar of the Cross to his heavenly Father, on behalf of sinful humanity." 46

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PART THREE: LIFE IN CHRIST

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SECTION ONE: MAN'S VOCATION LIFE IN THE SPIRIT

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CHAPTER TWO: THE HUMAN COMMUNION

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ARTICLE 3: SOCIAL JUSTICE

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45 Cf. John Paul II, SRS 38-40; CA 10.

46 Pius XII, Summi pontificatus, October 20, 1939; AAS 31 (1939) 423 ff.

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