Discussion Series: Pope Francis’s new encyclical, Fratelli Tutti

When a pope writes an open letter or “encyclical” to all people, he is employing the highest and most solemn form of expression available to him. In his more than seven years as pope, Pope Francis has published many documents, but only two encyclicals in his own voice: Laudato Si’ in 2015, on the theme of care for creation and the natural world, and now Fratelli Tutti in 2020, on the theme of universal human solidarity. The latter was released on October 4, 2020. As one commentator has put it, if Laudato Si’ is about the interconnectedness of all things, Fratelli Tutti is about the interconnectedness of all people. Its publication is a watershed event in Francis’s papacy and, by extension, in the Catholic world and beyond.

Exploring the theme of human solidarity is made all the more pressing by the divisive atmosphere in our contemporary political culture. We offer this series in the hope that Pope Francis’s words may help all of us understand better the causes of that division, and be inspired to find new remedies.

On three dates in November, we will read and discuss Fratelli Tutti. All are welcome to join in these discussions. Those from the local community in and around Glastonbury, Catholic or non-Catholic, are especially welcome. Our sessions will be held via Zoom and facilitated by Dr. Jon Sozek (Brown Univ.), Director of Faith Formation at SS. Isidore and Maria Parish. Dates and links to the reading materials are below. There is no cost. Click the button to sign up, and you will receive the Zoom link before our first session. We hope you are able to join.

You can access the full document here.

  1. Monday, November 9, 7-8pm. Introduction and Chapters 1-2.
  2. Tuesday, November 16, 7-8pm. Chapters 3-5.
  3. Tuesday, November 21, 7-8pm. Chapters 6-8.
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