First Topic – Unpacking “Spe Salvi”
The world needs God, otherwise it remains without hope. That according to Pope Benedict XVI in summarizing the central message of his second encyclical "Spe Salvi." Dedicating his second encyclical to hope, Benedict XVI has pinpointed with precision one of the most dramatic and urgent problems of our time. He is convinced that the rejection of Christian faith and hope -- the rejection of God -- in the end brings man to lose himself. Theologian Regis Martin joins us to break open “Spe Salvi.”
Second Topic – Onward Muslim Dialogue
Pope Benedict XVI has answered a call for dialogue between Christian and Islamic leaders, inviting a group of 138 Muslim officials to Rome to continue the exchange. The Pope's answer to the Muslim leaders-- who had released their open letter on October 13-- came in the form of a letter to Jordan's Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal, one of the 138 Islamic leaders who had signed the open letter. The Pope voiced his "deep appreciation" for the Muslim leaders' initiative, and asked Prince Ghazi to select "a restricted group of signatories of the open letter" to visit the Vatican, and continue the inter-religious dialogue there. Robert Spencer breaks it down.