The Path to Peace

In Chapter 7 of the Encyclical letter Fratelli Tutti, the Holy Father renews the call for the creation of paths of peace to heal open wounds. He also reiterates the need for peacemakers, men and women prepared to work boldly and creatively to initiate processes of healing and renewed encounter. For him, renewed encounters does …

Dialogue, Friendship, and Kindness

In Chapter Six of Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis extols the virtues of dialogue, friendship, and kindness. For him, dialogue means approaching, speaking, listening, looking at, coming to know and understand one another and to find common ground. If we want to encounter and help one another, we have to dialogue. Unlike disagreement and conflict, persistent …

Liza Soberano’s Wonderful Voice

Pope Francis devotes Chapter V of Fratelli Tutti on a call for a better kind of politics, one truly at the service of the common good. He castigates populism which, according to him, exploits the vulnerable demagogically for its own purposes, or a liberalism that serves the economic interests of the powerful. He states that …

Welcoming The Stranger

In Chapter 4 of Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis takes on the cudgels for immigrants, recognizing the need to treat them with humanity. He insists that people who are different from us also need to be respected and loved. In his words, “it is not a case of implementing welfare programs from the top down, but …

Violating Ina’s Human Dignity

For Chapter III of the encyclical letter “Fratelli Tutti,” the Pope discusses the value of human dignity and the need for solidarity, the essential and unique nature of love, the inalienable rights of every human being and the moral duty of every man toward his fellow human beings, especially to the disadvantaged. In the opening …

No Good Samaritan For River And Ina

“Let us stop this cruelty now.” In his new encyclical Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis recalls the parable of the Good Samaritan: A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was …

Obstacles to Fraternity

In this chapter of his latest encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis starts off by saying that certain trends in our world hinder the development of universal fraternity. He notes that our own days seem to be showing signs of a certain regression, with ancient conflicts thought long buried breaking out anew, while instances of a …

Fratelli Tutti, Brothers and Sisters All

The title of Pope Francis’ latest encyclical “Fratelli Tutti” is taken from the words of Saint Francis of Assisi while the latter proposed to his brothers and sisters a way of life marked by the flavor of the Gospel. With St. Francis’ numerous exhortations as his guide, Pope Francis selects the one in which he …