Pope Benedict XVI chose the theme of love as the subject of his first encyclical Deus Caritas Est. Within the context of the publication of the first Encyclical the Pontifical Council Cor Unum organised the “World Conference on Charity”, held at the Vatican in January 2006. This volume is a transcription of the presentations that were made on that occasion along with the encyclical itself.
It was as if mankind were awaiting a word of faith and clarity on this fundamental experience of love in life for our fellow humans. Echoes of the encyclical were often heard during this World Conference at which there was an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the various aspects of humanitarian aid and the discussion in the various pastoral and social situations to which it is directed.