" And because all people have been redeemed by Jesus, Mary loves and favours all "
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Fratelli tutti - Brothers all...

holy father and father general

Dear Brothers, Sisters, Missionary lay, Associates and Friends,

Next Saturday, October 3, Pope Francis will sign the new Encyclical ′′ Brothers all ′′ on fraternity and social friendship. This Encyclical will then be promulgated next Sunday, October 4, feast of Saint Francis of Assisi. The promulgation of an Encyclical is always an important event in the life of the Church. This year, as we continue to experience the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic, I believe this Encyclical will be of special importance to all of us.

The title of the new Encyclical recalls the Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Coexistence, signed and enacted by Pope Francis and the Great Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmad Al-Tayyeb on February 4, 2019. Together, the Holy Father and the Great Imam called all believers to live and fight for an authentic and prophetic human fraternity among all peoples, which strengthens us to face the great challenges that humanity and, in fact, the world, which is the our common house. This document was published a year before the current pandemic, and is more current than ever in the crisis that humanity and the whole world are going through.

We expect the new Encyclical to continue and further develop this appeal to all believers. Waiting for the promulgation, next weekend, of ′′ Brothers all ′′ on fraternity and social friendship, I invite all of you, sisters and brothers of the Redeemer, to join in prayer waiting for God to prepare us and all peoples to receive the message by Pope Francis with an open heart. As part of this prayerful preparation, I encourage you to read once again the Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Coexistence, which is included in this short message.

May God bless us with the deep conviction that we are truly all brothers and sisters, children of God in our brother and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. May we live as prophetic and authentic witnesses of the Redeemer in our wounded world.

Your brother in Jesus our Redeemer,

Michael Brehl, CSsR

Superior General CSsR