Dives in Misericordia
The second encyclical by Pope John Paul II was issued on November 30, 1980. With this document which centered on the theme of mercy, John Paul II hoped to underline this strongest attribute of God and to draw the world to the mercy which humanity is in so much need of.
In The Mercy of God John Paul II continues his discussion of world problems which he began in his first encyclical, Redeemer of Man, teaching that love informed by God's mercy is the only response to these situations. He appeals to the world to turn to the mercy of the Father, and to find in God's love a refuge from the impersonal, technology-driven world they live in.