Fraternity and social friendship. Here is the third Encyclical of Pope Francis.
The Encyclical "Fratelli tutti"
The Encyclical "Fratellli tutti" was signed by Pope Francis on 3 October 2020 in Assisi. The text was made public the following day, 4 October.
It proposes fraternity and social friendship as the ways indicated to build a better, more just and peaceful world, with the commitment of all: people, institutions, the economic world, international organizations, civil society.
The Encyclical is in continuity with the previous Laudato si' of 2015, in which the Holy Father - after denouncing the evils that afflict the common house also because of man - proposes integral ecology as an instrument of love and respect for all (and among all) and for creation.
In "Fratelli tuttil" the Pope underlines that in the common house we all live as one family and proposes concrete actions to restore the world and overcome the ailments generated by the pandemic crisis, which has now become a health, economic, social and political crisis: peace, because no work will be possible if nations and peoples continue to fight each other; dialogue, because each one finds its completeness in the other; the strengthening of multilateralism and no to any kind of war; the fight against the globalisation of indifference and the promotion of social inclusion.
As Pope Francis said on Sunday, October 4, 2020, when he presented it to the world during the Angelus, the new Encyclical "Fratelli tutti, on fraternity and social friendship, " I offered it to God on the tomb of Saint Francis, who inspired me [to write] it, as in the previous Laudato si’. The signs of the times clearly show that human fraternity and care of creation form the sole way towards integral development and peace, already indicated by the Popes Saints John XXIII, Paul VI and John Paul II."
The message of inclusion of the Encyclical is proposed from the very first lines. Indeed:
1. “FRATELLI TUTTI”. With these words, Saint Francis of Assisi addressed his brothers and sisters and proposed to them a way of life marked by the flavour of the Gospel. Of the counsels Francis offered, I would like to select the one in which he calls for a love that transcends the barriers of geography and distance, and declares blessed all those who love their brother “as much when he is far away from him as when he is with him”. In his simple and direct way, Saint Francis expressed the essence of a fraternal openness that allows us to acknowledge, appreciate and love each person, regardless of physical proximity, regardless of where he or she was born or lives.
2. This saint of fraternal love, simplicity and joy, who inspired me to write the Encyclical Laudato Si’, prompts me once more to devote this new Encyclical to fraternity and social friendship. Francis felt himself a brother to the sun, the sea and the wind, yet he knew that he was even closer to those of his own flesh. Wherever he went, he sowed seeds of peace and walked alongside the poor, the abandoned, the infirm and the outcast, the least of his brothers and sisters.
Download and read the Encyclical
In this section you can directly access the official text of the encyclical "Fratelli Tutti" published on the Santa Sede .
It is also advisable to visit the website of the Libreria Editrice Vaticana to find other printed versions of the encyclical:
Below you will find the encyclical available in eight languages.
Conference on the Encyclical Letter “Fratelli tutti” (4 October 2020 )
On the morning of Sunday, October 4, 2020, at 10:00 a.m., in the New Hall of the Synod in the Vatican, a Conference on the Encyclical Letter "Fratelli tutti" of the Holy Father Francis on fraternity and social friendship took place. The following spoke: Em.mo Card. Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State; Em.mo Card. Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, M.C.C.J., President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue; Judge Mohamed Mahmoud Abdel Salam, Secretary General of the High Committee for the Human Brotherhood; Prof. Anna Rowlands, Professor of Catholic Social Thought & Practice at the University of Durham, UK; and Prof. Andrea Riccardi, Founder of the Community of Sant'Egidio, Professor of Contemporary History.