It is expected that this Sunday “Fratelli tutti. What is the central theme?
Pope Francis made his first departure from Rome in seven months on Saturday to visit the Italian city of Assisi, where Saint Francis was born, and sign his third encyclical “Fratelli tutti” (All Brothers).
It is expected to be published this Sunday, minutes after 7, and there are strong expectations in the Vatican for its content.
The text is about “On fraternity and social friendship”, and it will deepen and develop several of the criticisms of the pre-pandemic world that the Pontiff expressed during his catechesis in August and September.
The encyclical, which will continue the outlines of the Document on fraternity that the Pope signed in 2019 with Grand Imam Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, the highest authority of Sunni Islam, will also express Jorge Bergoglio’s concerns about world social reality.
The Pontiff, who has been practically locked up in the Vatican since the pandemic began, with some brief visits to churches in Rome, has increased his calls to “global solidarity” in the face of the coronavirus, recalling on several occasions that the virus and the economic crisis have hit the poorest in the world above all.
“We cannot emerge from this crisis the same as before. It is in our hands to be better or worse”Acknowledged the Pope who apparently wrote a good part of the encyclical during the long confinement.
The pandemic has shown us “the great inequality that reigns in the world: inequality of opportunities, goods, access to health and technology”He lamented last week in a speech sent to the United Nations.
The signing of the encyclical on the tomb of Saint Francis is a symbolic gesture before the “saint of the fraternity”.
His text, Vatican sources advanced, will also speak of the world that awaits us after the first pandemic of the third millennium, of the “sick” society and inequalities.
Francisco, whose last trip dates back to February 23 to visit Bari, a port city in southern Italy, has had to abandon contact with the crowds that he holds dear. A few days after Italy decreed the confinement on March 9, the Vatican announced that it would comply with all the provisions adopted in the peninsula to prevent the spread of the virus.