Pope Francis praying as he celebrates mass at the tomb of St. Francis in Assisi prior to signing a new encyclical on human fraternity titled "Fratelli Tutti" on Oct. 3.
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Pope Francis signed and launched his latest encyclical on Oct. 3, the feast of day St. Francis of Assisi, while visiting the saint’s home town of Assisi in Italy.
The letter named Fratelli Tutti (all brothers), starts with those words that Saint Francis of Assisi addressed his brothers and sisters and proposed a new way of life stressing fraternity.
In the letter, Pope Francis said that it is not a complete teaching on “fraternal love, but rather to consider its universal scope, its openness to every man and woman.”
“I offer this social Encyclical as a modest contribution to continued reflection, in the hope that in the face of present-day attempts to eliminate or ignore others, we may prove capable of responding with a new vision of fraternity and social friendship that will not remain at the level of words,” he said.
The pope said, although he has “written it from the Christian convictions that inspire and sustain me, I have sought to make this reflection an invitation to dialogue among all people of goodwill.”
Here is the full text of the encyclical