1) are spreading everywhere, leaving injured people by the roadside, cast out and discarded. “Fratelli tutti:” short summary of Pope Francis's social encyclical Articles; October 8, 2020. by Isabella Piro, Vatican News. Fratelli Tutti Overview & Summary. Will it soon be forgotten, with everyone falling back on themselves? Hence, popular movements have taken on particular relevance: as true “social poets” with that “torrent of moral energy”, they must be engaged in social, political and economic participation, subject, however, to greater coordination. The first chapter will be described by many as rather gloomy and pessimistic. It seems to summarize the social dimension of his pontificate and it is telling that once again he uses a phrase from his patron saint as Pope to define the encyclical. Fratelli Tutti is the second social encyclical in five years, a rather unique case in Church history. In receiving countries, the right balance will be between the protection of citizens' rights and the guarantee of welcome and assistance for migrants (38-40). That should be and remain the primary option. We all, in fact, are co-responsible in creating a society that is able to include, integrate and lift up those who have fallen or are suffering (77). The right to live with dignity cannot be denied to anyone, the Pope again affirms, and since rights have no borders, no one can remain excluded, regardless of where they are born (121). They must be remembered always, anew, so as not be become anaesthetized and to keep the flame of collective conscience alive. Who are the first victims here? Another hope present in the Encyclical regards the reform of the UN: in the face of the predominance of the economic dimension which nullifies the power of the individual state, in fact, the task of the United Nations will be to give substance to the concept of a “family of nations” working for the common good, the eradication of indigence and the protection of human rights. With an emphatic confirmation of a ‘no’ to war and to globalized indifference. In the encyclical, Pope Francis speaks about good politics, calls for an end to the polarization between those swept by populism and those against it, and stresses that the notion of people is mythological. This is mainly the question that “Fratelli tutti” is intended to answer: the Pope describes it as a “Social Encyclical” (6) which borrows the title of the “Admonitions” of Saint Francis of Assisi, who used these words to “address his brothers and sisters and proposed to them a way of life marked by the flavour of the Gospel” (Par 1). With their lives “at stake” (37), fleeing from war, persecution, natural catastrophes, unscrupulous trafficking, ripped from their communities of origin, migrants are to be welcomed, protected, supported and integrated. Today, Pope Francis released Fratelli Tutti. It gives a razor-sharp analysis of the current world view and the partial destruction of the dream of being able to grow towards a greater unification on a global level. Special video for the Vatican’s release of Pope Francis’ encyclical, “Fratelli Tutti”, on Fraternity and Social Friendship Please support The Southern Cross Your support means we can keep Catholic news alive so that many others will have free access to the high-quality, trustworthy news they deserve. In this way, countries will be able to think as “human family” (139-141). Part of the seventh chapter, then, focuses on war: it is not “a ghost from the past” – Francis emphasizes – “but a constant threat”, and it represents “the negation of all rights”, “a failure of politics and of humanity”, and “a stinging defeat before the forces of evil” which lies in their “abyss”. Part One: A Reflection on Fratelli Tutti Tuesday 3rd November 2020 . With the money invested in weapons, the Pope suggests instead the establishment of a global fund for the elimination of hunger (255-262). But at the same time, we need to respect the right to seek a better life elsewhere. The principle of the capacity to love according to “a universal dimension” (83) is also resumed in the third chapter, “Envisaging and engendering an open world”. Never before have so many people been on the run in search of greater security for themselves and their families. Everyone will read this encyclical from their specific background, from their own life story, and from the position they have in society. That is why we cannot close our eyes to this global tragedy that we are facing today. In this way, countries will be able to think as “human family” (139-141). The shadows plunge humanity into confusion, loneliness, and desolation. It turned out to be a confrontation of how necessary it is for us to achieve greater cooperation on a global scale. May it be a space and an invitation in which everyone can make their own reflection for themselves and for the group to which they belong. And with that we move on to the next chapter that wants to go deeper into precisely that. In the eighth and final chapter, the Pontiff focuses on “Religions at the service of fraternity in our world” and again emphasizes that violence has no basis in religious convictions, but rather in their deformities. The first step is to become more and more aware of reality and to do so in an objective and correct way, without allowing ourselves to be dragged along by opinion formers who have intentions other than to proclaim the truth. With their lives “at stake” (37), fleeing from war, persecution, natural catastrophes, unscrupulous trafficking, ripped from their communities of origin, migrants are to be welcomed, protected, supported and integrated. As in a polyhedron – an image dear to the Pontiff – the whole is more than its single parts, but the value of each one of them is respected (145-146). In the wake of this, we are witnessing a growing individualism which, among other things, manifests itself in an aforementioned xenophobia and a disdain for the vulnerable. The Encyclical reflects, in particular, on the role of the Church: she does not “restrict her mission to the private sphere”, it states. Beginning with protection of the family and respect for its “primary and vital mission of education” (114). Superior General of the Brothers of Charity. René Stockman, Today, we are living in the heyday of communication. 1) are spreading everywhere, leaving injured people by the roadside, cast out and discarded. These documents prepared by the Vatican provide a helpful introduction to Pope Francis' third encyclical, Fratelli Tutti: On Fraternity and Social Friendship. This resource is included in the Fratelli Tutti Learning Bundle.For the best value, buy the whole bundle for only $35! A kind person, writes Francis, creates a healthy coexistence and opens paths in places where exasperation burns bridges (222-224). New forms of criminal activity are emerging through these media, as well as personal addictions and the illusion that a virtual world can replace the real world. Attention to the common good and concern for integral human development, in fact, concern humanity, and all that is human concerns the Church, according to evangelical principals (276-278). In a world where walls are being erected to shield oneself from others because one supposedly fears the other, one cannot speak of peace. I offer a summary of each chapter below. Moreover, today we observe a deterioration of ethics (29), contributed to, in a certain way, by the mass media which shatter respect for others and eliminate all discretion, creating isolated and self-referential virtual circles, in which freedom is an illusion and dialogue is not constructive (42-50). In the first chapter, “Dark clouds over a closed world”, the document reflects on the many distortions of the contemporary era: the manipulation and deformation of concepts such as democracy, freedom, justice; the loss of the meaning of the social community and history; selfishness and indifference toward the common good; the prevalence of a market logic based on profit and the culture of waste; unemployment, racism, poverty; the disparity of rights and its aberrations such as slavery, trafficking, women subjugated and then forced to abort, organ trafficking (10-24). Of course, when it comes to world politics, everything should be done to ensure that people can stay in their own countries and do not have to flee. With an emphatic confirmation of a ‘no’ to war and to globalized indifference. Fratelli tutti’ – Short Summary Monday, October 5th, 2020 @ 11:48 am Fraternity and social friendship are the ways the Pontiff indicates to build a better, more just and peaceful world, with the contribution of all: people and institutions. by René Stockman | Oct 31, 2020 | Formation, Reflections | 0 comments. People who deny their history and their traditions lose their souls, their spiritual identity, their acquired morality and, finally, their ideological, economic, and political independence. In the background – the Encyclical recalls – the spiritual stature of a person’s life is measured by love, which always “takes first place” and leads us to seek better for the life of the other, far from all selfishness (92-93). Terrorism must not be supported with either money or weapons, much less with media coverage, because it is an international crime against security and world peace, and as such must be condemned (282-283). But the global health emergency has helped demonstrate that “no one can face life in isolation” and that the time has truly come to “dream, then, as a single human family” in which we are “brothers and sisters all” (7-8). There were many reactions from the Catholic community right away, mostly positive, but the publication of the encyclical did not go unnoticed on a global scale either. Beginning with our common membership in the human family, from the acknowledgement that we are brothers and sisters because we are the children of one Creator, all in the same boat, and hence we need to be aware that in a globalized and interconnected world, only together can we be saved. Deeds made tangible in a “better kind of politics”, which is not subordinated to financial interests, but to serving the common good, able to place the dignity of every human being at the centre and assure work to everyone, so that each one can develop his or her own abilities. This is mainly the question that “ Fratelli tutti ” is intended to answer: the Pope describes it as a “Social Encyclical” (6) which borrows the title of the “Admonitions” of Saint Francis of Assisi, who used these words to “address his brothers and sisters and proposed to them a way of life marked by the flavour of the Gospel” (1). Never forget “horrors” like the Shoah, the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, persecutions and ethnic massacres – exhorts the Pope. Then, of particular note, is the Pope’s reference to the miracle of “kindness”, an attitude to be recovered because it is a star “shining in the midst of darkness” and “frees us from the cruelty ... the anxiety ... the frantic flurry of activity” that prevail in the contemporary era. It sounds like his testament, in which he takes stock of his pontificate. “Fratelli tutti”: short summary of Pope Francis's Social Encyclical (Vatican News) The Encyclical also places specific emphasis on the issue of foreign debt: subject to the principal that it must be paid, it is hoped nonetheless that this does not compromise the growth and subsistence of the poorest countries (126). But reality is different. Another phenomenon we should mention is the way in which certain countries behave superior to others and dominate them, thereby blocking local development and imposing on them strange ideologies that are in stark contrast to their own traditions and morals. In this perspective the Pontiff also calls us to consider “an ethics of international relations” (126), because every country also belongs to foreigners and the goods of the territory cannot be denied to those who are in need and come from another place. So, let us be self-critical and ask ourselves how our social fraternity and love are doing. In a society, everyone must feel “at home”, the Pope writes. Platforms are being created via the internet where all forms of extremism can be expressed and organized. However, let us also continue to see the positive side of the greater intercultural and even interreligious exchange that this migration can entail. Therefore, it is heartening to see the Holy Father provides tangible ways to build a more just and fraternal world in our ordinary relationships, in social life, politics and institutions. Friendship and unity in a fragmented world . One might wonder if one is not losing the capacity of listening to each other in the process. It deals with global problems that call for global actions, emphasizes the Pope, also sounding the alarm against a “culture of walls” that favours the proliferation of organized crime, fuelled by fear and loneliness (27-28). Fratelli tutti (On Fraternity and Social Friendship) Summary . What will be the next step at a global level once this pandemic has been beaten? Tireless recourse “to negotiation, mediation and arbitration” – the Papal Document states – the UN must promote the force of law rather than the law of force, by favouring multilateral accords that better protect even the weakest states (173-175). It is just as important to remember the good, and those who have chosen forgiveness and fraternity (246-252). He also makes use of texts sent to him through bishops’ conferences. (Vatican Media), Looking at others as brothers and sisters to save ourselves and the world, Parolin: ‘Culture of fraternity, call to love’. A fraternal society, therefore, will be one that promotes educating in dialogue in order to defeat the “virus” of “radical individualism” (105) and to allow everyone to give the best of themselves. 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