On October 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Pope Francis released a new encyclical, Fratelli Tutti: On Fraternity and Social Friendship. This social encyclical explores building a culture of peace and dialogue in order to work together to care for each other as a human family, especially as we recover from the pandemic.
The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns has created a 6-page study guide for Fratelli Tutti. In this study guide, we offer key points and quotes from each chapter of Fratelli Tutti, along with reflection questions and the two prayers that Pope Francis includes at the end of the encyclical.
Over eight chapters and 92 pages, the Holy Father offers a remedy against self-destruction and despair, which includes an openness to love, charity, and kindness, and a rejection of war, nuclear weapons and the death penalty. Like Laudato Si’, Fratelli Tutti is a social encyclical, where the pope applies the moral teachings of the Church to the social and economic challenges of the current day. Also like Laudato Si’, this encyclical is inspired by the life of St. Francis of Assisi, who responded to the Church and the world in his time time, and is structured using the three-part See-Judge-Act method.
We hope this guide enables individuals and small groups to learn Pope Francis’ teachings and use them to build peace and solidarity in your relationships, community, and world.
You can also read a statement from Maryknoll leadership expressing heartfelt gratitude for Fratelli Tutti.