“Following the teaching of the Second Vatican Council and paying close attention to the special needs of our times, I devoted the encyclical Redemptor Hominis to the truth about man, a truth that is revealed to us in its fullness and depth in Christ. A no less important need, in these critical and difficult times, impels me to draw attention once again in Christ to the countenance of the ‘Father of mercies and God of all comfort’ (2 Cor 1:3). We read in the constitution Gaudium et Spes, ‘Christ the new Adam . . . fully reveals man to himself and brings to light this lofty calling . . . [and does it] in the very revelation of the mystery of the Father and of his love’ (Pastoral constitution of the Church in the modern world). The words I have quoted are clear testimony to the fact that man cannot be manifested in the full dignity of his nature without reference . . . to God. Man and man’s lofty calling are revealed in Christ, through the revelation of the mystery of the Father and His love” (John Paul II, Dives in misericordia).