The third encyclical from Pope Francis is inspired by St Francis of Assisi's love for the poorest and his openness to all, and tackles the theme of fraternity and social friendship. Completed during the global Coronavirus pandemic, Fratelli Tutti speaks to the possibility that through the pandemic we may rediscover a sense of common humanity.
Pope Francis begins with an analysis of those trends which militate against fraternity and friendship in the world. He responds with an in-depth exegesis of the parable of the Good Samaritan, calling us to follow his example of care for others no matter where they are from.
Fratelli Tutti sends out a clarion call to discover new ways of engaging in politics, society and religion that are grounded in a culture of encounter and friendship rather than fear and self-interest.