Pope Francis to sign a new encyclical on human fraternity on Oct. 3

Vatican City, Sep 5, 2020 / 05:20 am (CNA).- The Vatican announced Saturday that Pope Francis will sign the third encyclical of his pontificate in Assisi on Oct. 3.

The encyclical is entitled Fratelli tutti, which means “All Brothers” in Italian, and will focus on the theme of human fraternity and social friendship, according to the Holy See Press Office.

Pope Francis will offer a Mass at the tomb of St. Francis in Assisi privately at 3 p.m. before signing the encyclical on the day before St. Francis’ feast day.

Human fraternity has been an important theme for Pope Francis in recent years. In Abu Dhabi the pope signed “A Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together” in Feb. 2019. Pope Francis’ message for his first World Day of Peace as pope in 2014 was “Fraternity, foundation and pathway for peace.”

Pope Francis’ previous encyclical, Laudato Si’, published in 2015, had a title taken from St. Francis of Assisi’s “Canticle of the Sun” prayer praising God for creation. Prior to that he published Lumen Fidei, an encyclical begun by Pope Benedict XVI.

The pope will return from Assisi to the Vatican on Oct. 3. The beatification of Carlo Acutis will take place in Assisi the following weekend, and the “Economy of Francis” economic summit is also scheduled to take place in Assisi in November.

“It is with great joy and in prayer that we welcome and await the private visit of Pope Francis. A stage that will highlight the importance and necessity of fraternity,” Fr. Mauro Gambetti, the custodian of the Sacred Convent of Assisi said Sept. 5.

If you value the news and views Catholic World Report provides, please consider donating to support our efforts. Your contribution will help us continue to make CWR available to all readers worldwide for free, without a subscription. Thank you for your generosity!

Click here for more information on donating to CWR. Click here to sign up for our newsletter.


  1. Might we expect a welcome surprise? A challenging focus on “friendship” without lapsing into a leveling of “religions” (Abu Dhabi “pluralism”). Maybe even displaying non-problematic coherence as the work of one hand rather than being cobbled together by a committee. (As noted in an earlier entry, “a camel is a horse designed by a committee.”)

    Cause for possible optimism…On March 22, 2019, Paul Kengor published in CRISIS an article entitled: “The Politically Incorrect Francis–14 Shocking Statements.” So, hopefully more than a globalist rendition of the French “Liberty, Equality and Fraternity.” That went well. Maybe this time a core message about paternity and family…

    • https://www.crisismagazine.com/2019/the-politically-incorrect-francis-14-shocking-statements

      Kengor concludes: “I don’t think Pope Francis is a willful deceiver. When he speaks of the Devil’s deception, he wants no part of the deceit. He is a genuine man of mercy—and a man of loose lips [….] Thus,he has chosen to surround himself with left-leaning clergy he feels more comfortable with, and it is they, I submit, who help lead him into chaos (maybe with some assistance from that Devil that Francis astutely warns about).

      • I admire Paul a great deal. But I disagree with him on this point. I do think Pope Francis plays fast and loose with the truth; the record is difficult to deny, especially as it so consistently full of misdirection, ambiguity, double-speak, and abuse of language. He knows what he’s doing and what he wants.

      • I am considering leaving my faith if Pope Francis won’t stop preaching leftist crap. I am 80 and he is a sad representive of out faith. Shame on him. Agreeing with the Jewish rabbis they did not kill Christ. They were given a change not to crucify him and they chose to do it. It was the Jewish crowds who said crucify him.Janice Parsel

  2. Citing Mahmoud Abbas], a Palestinian terrorist, as an example of ‘peace’ and ‘fraternity.’
    And Hitler was a good human being, too? What kind of Pope is he?

  3. Great. Another dumpster fire encyclical from a Pope who refuses to do his job and preach the Gospel, and instead wastes time on worldly issues outside his expertise.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

All comments posted at Catholic World Report are moderated. While vigorous debate is welcome and encouraged, please note that in the interest of maintaining a civilized and helpful level of discussion, comments containing obscene language or personal attacks—or those that are deemed by the editors to be needlessly combative or inflammatory—will not be published. Thank you.