Pope to sign new encyclical in Assisi next month

The tomb of St Francis in Assisi, Italy, where Pope Francis will sign his latest encyclical on October 3 (CNS/Octavio Duran)

Pope Francis will travel to Assisi next month to sign an encyclical on the social, political and economic obligations that flow from a belief that all people are children of God. Source: CNS.

The Vatican press office, confirming the Pope’s October 3 trip, said the document will be titled Fratelli Tutti in Italian. In English, the phrase could be translated as “Brothers and Sisters All,” but apparently it is inspired by what is known as St Francis of Assisi’s “sixth admonition” to the friars, all of whom were men.

Conventual Franciscan Fr Mauro Gambetti, custodian of the Assisi convent, said the document “will indicate to the world a style for the future and will give the church and people of goodwill the responsibility for building it together.”

“The Pope is clearly inspired by Francis of Assisi who, in following Jesus, recognised in fraternity, lived under the sign of mutual and loving service, the horizon of a fulfilled and happy humanity,” Fr Gambetti added.

The encyclical is expected to echo many of the themes Pope Francis has been discussing in his general audience talks on Catholic social teaching in light of the pandemic: human fraternity, the equal dignity of all people, the preferential option for the poor, the universal destination of goods and the obligation of solidarity. Care for the environment and the virtue of peacemaking also are expected to be part of the encyclical.

After Pope Francis signs the document on the eve of the feast of St Francis, the text is expected to be published in a variety of languages.


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