Fratelli Tutti 5: Contemporary Inspiration

Fratelli Tutti, the latest encyclical letter from Pope Francis is online. If you want to read it for yourself, click here.

If you want to know a bit more behind what inspired the Holy Father, and what elements he has included, read on:

5. Issues of human fraternity and social friendship have always been a concern of mine. In recent years, I have spoken of them repeatedly and in different settings. In this Encyclical, I have sought to bring together many of those statements and to situate them in a broader context of reflection.

Not a surprise, as we will see from some of the footnotes.

Did you know about this influence on Laudato Si’?

In the preparation of Laudato Si’, I had a source of inspiration in my brother Bartholomew, the Orthodox Patriarch, who has spoken forcefully of our need to care for creation.

This document’s taproot:

In this case, I have felt particularly encouraged by the Grand Imam Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, with whom I met in Abu Dhabi, where we declared that “God has created all human beings equal in rights, duties and dignity, and has called them to live together as brothers and sisters”.[Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together, Abu Dhabi (4 February 2019): L’Osservatore Romano, 4-5 February 2019, p. 6] This was no mere diplomatic gesture, but a reflection born of dialogue and common commitment. The present Encyclical takes up and develops some of the great themes raised in the Document that we both signed. I have also incorporated, along with my own thoughts, a number of letters, documents and considerations that I have received from many individuals and groups throughout the world.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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