Latinoamérica.  Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together, Abu Dhabi (4 February 2019): LâOsservatore Romano, 4-5 February 2019, p. 6. 159. âPopularâ leaders, those capable of interpreting the feelings and cultural dynamics of a people, and significant trends in society, do exist.  Karl Rahner, Kleines Kirchenjahr. He made of them a way of life. My own country also shares responsibility for his or her development, although it can fulfil that responsibility in a variety of ways. ibid. Instead, it proved easier to pursue partisan interests without upholding the universal common good. All individuals, whatever their origin, know that they are part of the greater human family, without which they will not be able to understand themselves fully. The word âneighbourâ loses all meaning; there can only be âassociatesâ, partners in the pursuit of particular interests.. , 280. âWhat is tenderness? They break the vicious circle; they halt the advance of the forces of destruction. Still, there are those who appear to feel encouraged or at least permitted by their faith to support varieties of narrow and violent nationalism, xenophobia and contempt, and even the mistreatment of those who are different. The Samaritans lived in a region where pagan rites were practised. Acknowledging the existence of certain enduring values, however demanding it may be to discern them, makes for a robust and solid social ethics. We should not expect everything from those who govern us, for that would be childish. Pray the Prayer to the Creator offered by our Pope Francis in Fratelli Tutti… Adobe PDF format, Kindle format, Pope Francis, ePub format, mp3 audio file. It means thinking and acting in terms of community. Thus, room for dialogue will always exist. Only a social and political culture that readily and âgratuitouslyâ welcomes others will have a future. One detail about the passers-by does stand out: they were religious, devoted to the worship of God: a priest and a Levite. If we want to encounter and help one another, we have to dialogue. Destroying self-esteem is an easy way to dominate others. Do we love our society or is it still something remote, something anonymous that does not involve us, something to which we are not committed?â, 231.  FIFTH GENERAL CONFERENCE OF THE LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN BISHOPS, Aparecida Document (29 June 2007), 398.  Apostolic Exaltation Evangelii Gaudium (24 November 2013), 204: AAS 105 (2013), 1106. Whatever comes from there cannot be trusted, for it is unknown, unfamiliar, not part of the village. I have only to think of what our world would be like without the patient dialogue of the many generous persons who keep families and communities together. Here I would once more observe that âpolitics must not be subject to the economy, nor should the economy be subject to the dictates of an efficiency-driven paradigm of technocracyâ. Yet, âthe commandment of peace is inscribed in the depths of the religious traditions that we representâ¦ As religious leaders, we are called to be true âpeople of dialogueâ, to cooperate in building peace not as intermediaries but as authentic mediators. It will not be so among youâ (Mt 20:25-26). 127. 1) are spreading everywhere, leaving injured people by the roadside, cast out and discarded. The truth is that âno family, no group of neighbours, no ethnic group, much less a nation, has a future if the force that unites them, brings them together and resolves their differences is vengeance and hatred. These flourish because they claim to be defenders of the forgotten, often by providing various forms of assistance even as they pursue their criminal interests. 246. The different religions, based on their respect for each human person as a creature called to be a child of God, contribute significantly to building fraternity and defending justice in society. 237. The truth is that ânever has humanity had such power over itself, yet nothing ensures that it will be used wiselyâ.  Address to Those Assisted by the Charitable Works of the Church, Tallinn, Estonia (25 September 2018): LâOsservatore Romano, 27 September 2018, p. 8. Fratelli Tutti (All Brothers): Encyclical letter on Fraternity and Soc by .  Saint Bonaventure, for his part, explained that the other virtues, without charity, strictly speaking do not fulfil the commandments âthe way God wants them to be fulfilledâ.. 140. 93.  PORTUGUESE BISHOPSâ CONFERENCE, Pastoral Letter Responsabilidade Solidária pelo Bem Comum (15 September 2003), 20; cf.  Cf. The subject of this culture is the people, not simply one part of society that would pacify the rest with the help of professional and media resources. These are the new forms of cultural colonization. Charity, with its impulse to universality, is capable of building a new world. 144. 109. Often, the more vulnerable members of society are the victims of unfair generalizations.  Would that neighbouring countries were able to encourage a similar neighbourly spirit between their peoples! Concrete efforts must be made to bring about whatever they and their nations need for the sake of their development.  She does not claim to compete with earthly powers, but to offer herself as âa family among families, this is the Church, open to bearing witness in todayâs world, open to faith hope and love for the Lord and for those whom he loves with a preferential love.  This has made all the more dangerous the growing practice in some countries of resorting to preventive custody, imprisonment without trial and especially the death penalty. 177. Room needs to be made for reflections born of religious traditions that are the repository of centuries of experience and wisdom. Political life no longer has to do with healthy debates about long-term plans to improve peopleâs lives and to advance the common good, but only with slick marketing techniques primarily aimed at discrediting others. Yet beyond this, those who love, and who no longer view politics merely as a quest for power, âmay be sure that none of our acts of love will be lost, nor any of our acts of sincere concern for others. Let us not forget that âdifferences are creative; they create tension and in the resolution of tension lies humanityâs progressâ.. If society is to have a future, it must respect the truth of our human dignity and submit to that truth. 259.  For âreason, by itself, is capable of grasping the equality between men and of giving stability to their civic coexistence, but it cannot establish fraternityâ. Building social friendship does not only call for rapprochement between groups who took different sides at some troubled period of history, but also for a renewed encounter with the most impoverished and vulnerable sectors of society. Charity needs the light of the truth that we constantly seek. Each of us can learn something from others. Nor will it trouble us to be deemed naive for choosing peace. , 131. Let us seek out others and embrace the world as it is, without fear of pain or a sense of inadequacy, because there we will discover all the goodness that God has planted in human hearts. These words echoed the ancient warning: âI will require a reckoning for human life. Behind these trends that tend to level our world, there flourish powerful interests that take advantage of such low self-esteem, while attempting, through the media and networks, to create a new culture in the service of the elite. Wisdom is not born of quick searches on the internet nor is it a mass of unverified data. For God continues to sow abundant seeds of goodness in our human family.  In this way, âpersons who nourish goodness in their heart find that such goodness leads to a peaceful conscience and to profound joy, even in the midst of difficulties and misunderstandings. The parable is clear and straightforward, yet it also evokes the interior struggle that each of us experiences as we gradually come to know ourselves through our relationships with our brothers and sisters. âWhen you gather the grapes of your vineyard, do not glean what is left; it shall be for the sojourner, the orphan, and the widow. Unscrupulous traffickers, frequently linked to drug cartels or arms cartels, exploit the weakness of migrants, who too often experience violence, trafficking, psychological and physical abuse and untold sufferings on their journeyâ.  Cf. Faith, and the humanism it inspires, must maintain a critical sense in the face of these tendencies, and prompt an immediate response whenever they rear their head. Significantly, many small communities living in desert areas developed a remarkable system of welcoming pilgrims as an exercise of the sacred duty of hospitality. 22.  Address to the Diplomatic Corps Accredited to the Holy See (12 January 2015): AAS 107 (2015), 165; cf. With an emphatic confirmation of a ‘no’ to war and to globalized indifference. Alongside these basic needs that remain unmet, trafficking in persons represents another source of shame for humanity, one that international politics, moving beyond fine speeches and good intentions, must no longer tolerate. Or better, in the face of a reality that can in no way be denied, relativized or concealed, forgiveness is still possible. As silence and careful listening disappear, replaced by a frenzy of texting, this basic structure of sage human communication is at risk. Respect for others disintegrates, and even as we dismiss, ignore or keep others distant, we can shamelessly peer into every detail of their lives. 4:21.33; 5:13). Francis’ Encyclical Fratelli Tutti (Spanish/PDF) In terms of its length, the encyclical fails to surprise: At 123 pages for the Spanish original and 287 numbered paragraphs, Francis continues the ominous tradition of using a whole lot of words to say very little — certainly very little of actual value. Indeed, the mediaâs noisy potpourri of facts and opinions is often an obstacle to dialogue, since it lets everyone cling stubbornly to his or her own ideas, interests and choices, with the excuse that everyone else is wrong. , 124. Or simply look elsewhere, as in some countries, or certain sectors of them, where contempt is shown for the poor and their culture, and one looks the other way, as if a development plan imported from without could edge them out.  Encyclical Letter Laudato Siâ (24 May 2015), 129: AAS 107 (2015), 899.  Address to the Civil Authorities, Tirana, Albania (21 September 2014): AAS 106 (2014), 773.  Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together, Abu Dhabi (4 February 2019): LâOsservatore Romano, 4-5 February 2019, p. 7.  Cf. Today we state clearly that âthe death penalty is inadmissibleâ and the Church is firmly committed to calling for its abolition worldwide. The limits and borders of individual states cannot stand in the way of this. CHARLES DE FOUCAULD, Méditation sur le Notre Père (23 January 1897).  Message for the 2020 World Day of Migrants and Refugees (13 May 2020): LâOsservatore Romano, 16 May 2020, p. 8. A cultural covenant eschews a monolithic understanding of the identity of a particular place; it entails respect for diversity by offering opportunities for advancement and social integration to all. 2), we can assume one of two attitudes: we can pass by or we can stop to help. From this skewed perspective, it would be pointless âto favour an investment in efforts to help the slow, the weak or the less talented to find opportunities in lifeâ. 215. âLife, for all its confrontations, is the art of encounterâ.  Address to the International Meeting for Peace organized by the Community of SantâEgidio (30 September 2013): Insegnamenti I, 1 (2013), 301-302.  Saint John Paul II, Encyclical Letter Laborem Exercens (14 September 1981), 19: AAS 73 (1981), 626. May God inspire that dream in each one of us. They may quarrel, but there is something that does not change: the family bond.  Address to the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See (11 January 2016): AAS 108 (2016), 123. We must break this cycle which seems inescapableâ.. Saint John Paul II observed that the Church âdoes not intend to condemn every possible form of social conflict. The arrival of those who are different, coming from other ways of life and cultures, can be a gift, for âthe stories of migrants are always stories of an encounter between individuals and between cultures. It derives from the enduring memory of the Jewish people that they themselves had once lived as foreigners in Egypt: âYou shall not wrong or oppress a stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egyptâ (Ex 22:21). Indeed, âall things human are our concernâ¦ wherever the councils of nations come together to establish the rights and duties of man, we are honoured to be permitted to take our place among themâ.  Homily at Mass for the Progress of Peoples, Maputo, Mozambique (6 September 2019): LâOsservatore Romano, 7 September 2019, p. 8. In the New Testament, Hillelâs precept was expressed in positive terms: âIn everything, do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophetsâ (Mt 7:12). We have seen, descending on our world, the dark shadows of neglect and violence in the service of petty interests of power, gain and division. They have been bent and shaped to serve as tools for domination, as meaningless tags that can be used to justify any action. Who can claim the right to forgive in the name of others?  BISHOPSâ CONFERENCE OF COLOMBIA, Por el bien de Colombia: diálogo, reconciliación y desarrollo integral (26 November 2019), 4. 102.  Cf. In Godâs plan, each individual is called to promote his or her own development, and this includes finding the best economic and technological means of multiplying goods and increasing wealth. 1 0 obj To this end, there is a need to ensure the uncontested rule of law and tireless recourse to negotiation, mediation and arbitration, as proposed by the Charter of the United Nations, which constitutes truly a fundamental juridical normâ.  SAINT JOHN PAUL II, Encyclical Letter Evangelium Vitae (25 March 1995), 9: AAS 87 (1995), 411. It has been present from the beginning of humanity, and has simply changed and taken on different forms down the ages, using whatever means each moment of history can provide.  SAINT JOHN PAUL II, Address to Representatives of Argentinian Culture, Buenos Aires, Argentina (12 April 1987), 4: LâOsservatore Romano, 14 April 1987, p. 7. The one thing it leaves in its wake is the drive to limitless consumption and expressions of empty individualism. If every human being possesses an inalienable dignity, if all people are my brothers and sisters, and if the world truly belongs to everyone, then it matters little whether my neighbour was born in my country or elsewhere. For peace âis not merely absence of war but a tireless commitment â especially on the part of those of us charged with greater responsibility â to recognize, protect and concretely restore the dignity, so often overlooked or ignored, of our brothers and sisters, so that they can see themselves as the principal protagonists of the destiny of their nationâ. Pope Francis dedicates his third encyclical, FRATELLI TUTTI to his namesake, Francis of Assisi, at whose tomb he celebrated Mass on 3 rd October, 2020, a day before its publication date which is the feast of … Our response to the arrival of migrating persons can be summarized by four words: welcome, protect, promote and integrate.  BENEDICT XVI, Encyclical Letter Caritas in Veritate (29 June 2009), 19: AAS 101 (2009), 655. The most offensive charge that those who sought to discredit Jesus could bring was that he was âpossessedâ and âa Samaritanâ (Jn 8:48). Love of neighbour is concrete and squanders none of the resources needed to bring about historical change that can benefit the poor and disadvantaged. First, because contrary to tradition, it is not addressed to the Catholic bishops, clergy, or faithful. The fragility of world systems in the face of the pandemic has demonstrated that not everything can be resolved by market freedom. 106. Indeed, âwithout equal opportunities, different forms of aggression and conflict will find a fertile terrain for growth and eventually explode. 47. They dream of a better future and they want to create the conditions for achieving itâ. We can also point to âmajor political crises, situations of injustice and the lack of an equitable distribution of natural resourcesâ¦ In the face of such crises that result in the deaths of millions of children â emaciated from poverty and hunger â there is an unacceptable silence on the international levelâ. We have the space we need for co-responsibility in creating and putting into place new processes and changes. It can offer a generous welcome to those in urgent need, or work to improve living conditions in their native lands by refusing to exploit those countries or to drain them of natural resources, backing corrupt systems that hinder the dignified development of their peoples.  SAINT JOHN PAUL II, Encyclical Letter Redemptor Hominis (4 March 1979), 15: AAS 71 (1979), 288. She has a high regard for their manner of life and conduct, their precepts and doctrines whichâ¦ often reflect a ray of that truth which enlightens all men and womenâ. Social aggression has found unparalleled room for expansion through computers and mobile devices. There is a kind of love that is âelicitedâ: its acts proceed directly from the virtue of charity and are directed to individuals and peoples. In the first century before Christ, Rabbi Hillel stated: âThis is the entire Torah. I ask God âto prepare our hearts to encounter our brothers and sisters, so that we may overcome our differences rooted in political thinking, language, culture and religion. For that matter, âprivate life cannot exist unless it is protected by public order. SAINT PAUL VI, Encyclical Letter Populorum Progressio (26 March 1967): AAS 59 (1967), 264. In any human group there are always going to be more or less subtle power struggles between different parties. Fratelli Tutti – Enyclical Letter of Pope Francis Encyclical Letter Fratelli Tutti of the Holy Father FRANCIS on the Fraternity and Social Friendship.  Nothing is gained this way and, in the end, everything is lost. There is a growing loss of the sense of history, which leads to even … As couples or friends, we find that our hearts expand as we step out of ourselves and embrace others. Unless this basic principle is upheld, there will be no future either for fraternity or for the survival of humanity.  Address to the Diplomatic Corps Accredited to the Holy See, 11 January 2016: AAS 108 (2016), 124. (CNS photo/Vatican Media) On the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, released the third encyclical letter of his papacy entitled Fratelli Tutti, on fraternity and social friendship. She works for âthe advancement of humanity and of universal fraternityâ. 158. And today this trust has ceased to existâ. We should also recognize that destructive forms of fanaticism are at times found among religious believers, including Christians; they too âcan be caught up in networks of verbal violence through the internet and the various forums of digital communication. 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