April 2, 2005

On this date, Pope John Paul II died after 27 years of serving as pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.  As a priest in Poland, he had been involved in the formation of “Solidarity”, the Polish trade union; and as Pope, he wrote extensively about work and human rights, becoming known as a “Champion of Workers’ Rights.”  One of his encyclicals, “On Human Work” affirmed the need for just wages, the rights to organize and the value of all work and all workers.

Read “On Human Work” HERE.

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