A pope of the basics

From love to hope.

Pope Benedict XVI today released his second encyclical — a papal white paper — about the Christian understanding of hope.

His first, you might remember, was about love.

As Catholic analyst John Allen “writes”:http://ncrcafe.org/node/1473 today: “With Spe Salvi, Benedict solidifies his profile as a “pope of the basicsâ€? – determined to accent the core principles of the Christian faith.”

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, the new president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, said today: “Pope Benedict calls us personally and as a community to a hope rooted in Jesus.”

Fair enough.

You can read the encyclical at the Bishops Conference “website.”:http://www.nccbuscc.org/

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.