Universal Kinship

Pope Francis signed an Encyclical Letter on 4 October 2020

These are the first two paragraphs:

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.

I listened to Pope Francis almost daily during the worst months of the pandemic when daily Mass was streamed from his private Chapel. I felt, cliched though it may sound, that he was profoundly in touch with the people of the world and that he had something very worthwhile to day.  For that reason, I believe that this document begs to be read and studied. In this website I intend to put together resources and ideas for that reading, and hopefully to connect others who want to read the encyclical