Pope Francis’ third encyclical
Assisi, Italy, 4 October 2020 — The long-awaited third Encyclical (Circular Letter) of Pope Francis on Universal Human Fraternity (Fratelli Tutti) was signed by the Pontiff in Assisi on 3 October and released on 4 October 2020 – the Feastday of St Francis of Assisi. The 287 paragraphs of the Encyclical are divided into the following chapters:
Chapter 1: Dark clouds over a closed World
Chapter 2: A Stranger on the Road
Chapter 3: Envisaging and engendering an open World
Chapter 4: A hear open to the whole world
Chapter 5: A better kind of Politics
Chapter 6: Dialogue and Friendship in Society
The Encyclical ends with a prayer to the Creator (like Laudato Si)
Lord, Father of our human family,
you created all human beings equal in dignity:
pour forth into our hearts a fraternal spirit
and inspire in us a dream of renewed encounter,
dialogue, justice and peace.
Move us to create healthier societies
and a more dignified world,
a world without hunger, poverty, violence and war.
May our hearts be open
to all the peoples and nations of the earth.
May we recognize the goodness and beauty
that you have sown in each of us,
and thus forge bonds of unity, common projects,
and shared dreams.