Cardinal Tells of Social Doctrine's Goal

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ZAGREB, Croatia, APRIL 26, 2006 ( The Church's social doctrine aims to build a more humane society within a civilization of love, says a Vatican official who is on a three-nation tour.

Cardinal Renato Martino, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, delivered that message to the faithful in Zagreb, during a tour to promote the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church.

His tour, which ends Thursday, also takes him to Hungary and Austria.

In Zagreb, after presenting the Compendium to social workers and then to the media, Cardinal Martino talked about Benedict XVI's encyclical, "Deus Caritas Est," to theology students, candidates to the priesthood and religious life, and lay Catholics.

On Thursday, in Vienna, the cardinal will meet the president of Austria and other officials.

The Vatican official also will give the opening address at the conference organized by the Austrian bishops' Commission for Justice and Peace on the theme "Religion in Public Life: Religious Freedom in the New Europe."