Pope Francis issued his third encyclical Fratelli Tutti (“All Brothers”) on the feast day of his namesake, St. Francis of Assisi, earlier this month. In the Roman Catholic Church, a papal encyclical is a pastoral letter issued by the Holy Father to offer teaching on a significant issue or issues.
Writ large, Fratelli Tutti is about fraternity and social friendship. It is wide-ranging, however. Its particular subjects include market capitalism, the COVID crisis, and the Church’s just-war theory, among others. In passages that caught our eye here at The Giving Review, it also addresses the topics of charity and justice, and their relationship with each other.