We often look to the Holy Father for wisdom and insight on the teachings of the faith. In his latest encyclical, “Fratelli Tutti,” On Fraternity and Social Friendship, Pope Francis offers an important contribution to the Church’s deep tradition of social doctrine. I am pleased to welcome the Holy Father’s new encyclical, a beautiful document that emphasizes that we are all brothers and sisters made in the image and likeness of God.
Referencing St. Francis as a saint of fraternal love, Pope Francis was inspired by the example of this saint to devote his latest teaching to fraternal and social friendship that allows us “to acknowledge, appreciate and love each person, regardless of physical proximity, regardless of where he or she was born or lives.”
I add my voice to that of Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, who comments that “God’s plan for humanity, as the Pope reminds us, has implications for every aspect of our lives — from how we treat one another in our personal relationships, to how we organize and operate our societies and economies. Pope Francis is challenging us to overcome the individualism in our culture and to serve our neighbors in love, seeing Jesus Christ in every person, and seeking a society of justice and mercy, compassion and mutual concern.”
In the name of the priests, deacons, religious and lay faithful of the Diocese of Cleveland, I offer sincere gratitude to our Holy Father for his wisdom and I ask that the faithful of the Diocese of Cleveland and all people of goodwill read and reflect on the words of “Fratelli Tutti.”