Fides is ever attentive to the Teaching of the Holy Father and keenly aware that the word of the Vicar of Christ must reach the ends of the earth in order to guide and encourage Catholics the world over. As during the Pontificate of the late Pope John Paul II, at the beginning of this Pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI Fides confirms its service to this effect with a new initiative, INSTRUMENTUM. INSTRUMENTUM consists of a monthly collection of Papal Teaching as issued in Fides daily news service, collected and classified under special headings to facilitate reference and reflection. We hope our new initiative will serve missionaries everywhere, those stationed at great distances from the See of Peter and those who face difficult situations and obstacles in their mission of evangelisation, providing them with material for catechesis, pastoral updating and preaching.
Besides SYNTHESIS INTERVENTUM a summary of Papal interventions reported by Fides News Service referring to the Pope’s teaching at weekly general audiences, Angelus addresses, Liturgical Celebrations etc., INSTRUMENTUM also groups particularly noteworthy papal statements under special heading: VERBA PONTIFICIS. It includes INTERVENTUS SUPER QUAESTIONES interventions by personalities of the Church and society in general reported in Fides daily News Service on matters to which the Pope has given attention. The fourth area QUAESTIONES offers testimonials, interviews and reflections to better understand difficulties facing the Church in various parts of the world. This first edition of INSTRUMENTUM includes also a PRO PONTIFICE section containing messages and greetings sent through Fides New Service to Pope Benedict XVI for the inaugurationof his pontificate.