Pope Leo XIII
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Pope Leo XIII (1810-1903) was pope for 25 years (1878-1903) during which time he guided the Church into the modern world. Leo is best know as the “Father of Modern Papal Social Teaching”. As such, his encyclical “Rerum Novarum” is known as the “Magna Carta” of Catholic social doctrine. He was also a great devote of the Virgin Mary and of her rosary and scapular, which he saw as instrumental to spiritual renewal effecting the temporal order. Leo was a staunch opponent of Liberalism, but tempered his opposition with charity and a diplomatic understanding of political, economic and social renewal in the light of the Divine Law and of natural reason.