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The article focuses on four main dimensions of globalisation in an attempt to understand the new emerging social order of the 21st century. It suggests that, apart from the well-known economic dimension of globalisation, it is worthwhile analysing globalisation also as a cultural phenomenon characterised by growing contacts between peoples and cultures, as a political phenomenon marked by a shift of power from the national level towards larger units above the state and smaller units below the state and, finally, as a religious phenomenon foreseen by Jesus Christ and expressed by Pope John Paul II’s ‘civilisation of love’ metaphor. In the last part of his article, the author suggests the adoption of José Piñera’s scheme of personalisation of old-age-assistance accounts on a global scale as a means of achieving the goals set out by the Catholic Church in its Centesimus Annus encyclical. In this way, even in the poorest countries new personal investment funds could relieve the poor from poverty, generation by generation.