Encyclical Letter: Fratelli tutti’

Fratelli tutti' - On Fraternity and Social Friendship - is Pope Francis' third Encyclical Letter.

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Pope Francis places the human dignity of all people at the heart of his encyclical. He hopes this “can contribute to the rebirth of a universal aspiration to fraternity. Fraternity between all men and women.”

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The Holy Father examines a post-pandemic reality suggesting COVID-19 has exposed our ‘false securities’. He is critical of how nations, despite their hyper-connectivity, responded to the pandemic in a fragmented way that made it more difficult to resolve the problems that affect us all.

“Anyone who thinks that the only lesson to be learned was the need to improve what we were already doing, or to refine existing systems and regulations, is denying reality.”

Pope Francis promotes a new vision, one in which the world stands in solidarity with the vulnerable and works together collaboratively for the common good:

“I offer this social Encyclical as a modest contribution to continued reflection, in the hope that in the face of present-day attempts to eliminate or ignore others, we may prove capable of responding with a new vision of fraternity and social friendship.”

Chapter List

Chapter One
Dark clouds over a closed world

Chapter Two
A stranger on the road

Chapter Three
Envisaging and Engendering an open world

Chapter Four
A heart open to the whole world

Chapter Five
A better kind of politics

Chapter Six
Dialogue and Friendship in society

Chapter Seven
Paths of renewed encounter

Chapter Eight
Religions at the service of Fraternity in our World