Pope Benedict XVI's first encyclical is finally here. You can read the text of Deus Caritas Est from the Vatican's web site.
One of the things I noted about our late Holy father John Paul II's encyclicals is that the style seems to me a bit verbose, circular (not logically, but thematically and structurally), and parenthetical. That's not to say that his words weren't profound—merely that the style wasn't as direct as I would've preferred. My experience as a technical writer no doubt colors my preferences here.
Anyway, I've noticed that Pope Benedict seems to have a much more direct style. The first three paragraphs of the encyclical seem to reflect this characteristic as well. I can't wait to dive in (and will have to have to restrain myself to keep my mind on my work today).
UPDATE: Gerald Augustinus does a bit of an explication of the letter on his blog, The Cafeteria Is Closed.