The Bishops of England and Wales are to publish a "Gospel of Work," aimed at helping ordinary people in their working lives, as part of the Jubilee Year celebrations.
   Michael Blades, principal of Plater College, Oxford -- formerly the Catholic Workers College -- told today's Catholic Herald that the document will focus on the importance of work as defined by the encyclicals Rerum Novarum (1891) and Laborem Exercens (1981) and will be a mixture of Church teaching and scripture supported by comments from trades unionists and business leaders.
   "There is a thirst for this kind of material," said Blades, "and we hope that when it is published it will be valuable to people in their everyday lives."
   He continued: "In this country, there has been a strong influence on the trade union movement from Christians and there have been many good Catholic and Christian employers. This document will help to give guidance and stimulus to people reflecting on their work and how it relates to their religious and spiritual lives."
   The document is currently being drafted and will be launched at a conference at Plater College in April.

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