Last week's "Letter from Rome" reported that an Italian bishop had rather casually let slip at a press conference some days earlier that Pope Francis was about to publish a new encyclical on human fraternity.
Just hours after the article went online, the bishop's forecast was confirmed.
The Franciscan Friars in Assisi announced that the pope was not only issuing a new encyclical called Fratelli tutti but he was coming to their idyllic hilltop town on Oct. 3 to celebrate Mass privately at St. Francis' tomb and then sign the document.
It seemed odd (and still does) that the pope chose Oct. 3 instead of the saint's Oct. 4 feast day to visit Assisi. And what a short visit it is to be.