Ad Beatissimi

Ad Beatissimi

An encyclical letter written by Pope Benedict XV in 1914. Written during the early days of World War I, the letter condemns injustice between social classes, greed, and revolutionary activity against the state. As such, the letter represents an important part of Catholic teaching on social justice, which is critical of both communism and unrestrained capitalism.
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In Ad beatissimi apostolorum, Benedict made a passionate plea for peace: "On every side the dread phantom of war holds sway," he wrote in one of best written descriptions of the Great War.
In November 1914, Benedict published the first of his 12 encyclicals, Ad Beatissimi Apostolorum.
Within weeks Benedict effectively closed down the campaign in his first encyclical, Ad beatissimi.
Within two months of his election, he issued his first encyclical, Ad Beatissimi Apostolorum, in which he called a halt to the internecine warfare between so-called Integralist Catholics and progressive Catholics that had developed and intensified during the previous pontificate.
In his first encyclical -- Ad Beatissimi -- he laid down a set of guidelines that were very different from those Pius had used to judge orthodoxy.
Although best known for his well-intentioned but largely unsuccessful efforts to serve as a mediator for peace during and immediately following the First World War, Benedict's most lasting contribution as pope may have been his first encyclical, Ad Beatissimi Apostolorum, released on Nov.