Spe salvi: the new encyclical of Benedict XVI

Pope: certainty of faith is the foundation of Christian hope
In his second encyclical Benedict XVI affirms that the current “faith” in scientific progress and contesting of God’s existence based on the injustices of this world, are incapable of giving a true answer to man’s questions on the future. Hope is learned and exercised in “places” of prayer, action, sufferance and waiting for God’s Judgement.
Pope has also hopes for atheists
With his new encyclical, Benedict XVI calls on Christians to overcome individualistic views of salvation, urging them instead to be ministers of hope for the world. He calls on atheists to have the courage to do their own self-criticism in light of failed social projects and the ambiguities of scientific progress.