[199] Message for the 2014 World Communications Day (24 January 2014): AAS 106 (2014), 113. There is no end to the building of a country’s social peace; rather, it is “an open-ended endeavour, a never-ending task that demands the commitment of everyone and challenges us to work tirelessly to build the unity of the nation. […] Seul, on risque d’avoir des mirages par lesquels tu vois ce qu’il n’y a pas ; les rêves se construisent ensemble ». There are those who prefer not to talk of reconciliation, for they think that conflict, violence and breakdown are part of the normal functioning of a society. Yet the spirit of individualism also affects relations between countries. 256. “Deceit is in the mind of those who plan evil, but those who counsel peace have joy” (Prov 12:20). His problems are theirs… In families, everyone contributes to the common purpose; everyone works for the common good, not denying each person’s individuality but encouraging and supporting it. 3. 190. [115] Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Christus Vivit (25 March 2019), 93. In some countries, a concept of popular and national unity influenced by various ideologies is creating new forms of selfishness and a loss of the social sense under the guise of defending national interests. When our hearts do this, they are capable of identifying with others without worrying about where they were born or come from. In this way, “what is thrown away are not only food and dispensable objects, but often human beings themselves”. The twenty-first century “is witnessing a weakening of the power of nation states, chiefly because the economic and financial sectors, being transnational, tend to prevail over the political. Then too, it is extremely difficult to carry out a long-term project unless it becomes a collective aspiration. [143] This, however, must happen in a way that will not betray their distinctive way of acting as “sowers of change, promoters of a process involving millions of actions, great and small, creatively intertwined like words in a poem”. Thanks to regional exchanges, by which poorer countries become open to the wider world, universality does not necessarily water down their distinct features. Hence the summons to “be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (Lk 6:36). 100. It is the territory of the “barbarian”, from whom we must defend ourselves at all costs. 10. Complex challenges arise when our neighbour happens to be an immigrant. These sow nothing but division, conflict and a bleak cynicism incapable of mobilizing people to pursue a common goal. Development must not aim at the amassing of wealth by a few, but must ensure “human rights – personal and social, economic and political, including the rights of nations and of peoples”. Yet it also respects the development of the sciences and their essential contribution to finding the surest and most practical means of achieving the desired results. [30] Video Message to the TED Conference in Vancouver (26 April 2017): L’Osservatore Romano, 27 April 2017, p. 7. Today, with our developed spirituality and theology, we have no excuses. This summons is ever new, yet it is grounded in a fundamental law of our being: we are called to direct society to the pursuit of the common good and, with this purpose in mind, to persevere in consolidating its political and social order, its fabric of relations, its human goals. Le Pape lance une Année de saint Joseph, Méditations sur la Semaine de prière pour l’unité des chrétiens, Semaine de prière pour l’unité des chrétiens (5ème jour : 22 janvier), Semaine de prière pour l’unité des chrétiens (6ème jour : 23 janvier), Politique de confidentialité et utilisation des cookies. Those who suffer injustice have to defend strenuously their own rights and those of their family, precisely because they must preserve the dignity they have received as a loving gift from God. The word ‘people’ has a deeper meaning that cannot be set forth in purely logical terms. They are our brothers and sisters, and as such we must love and care for them”. Fratelli tutti Encyclique du pape François Date 3 octobre 2020 Sujet La fraternité et l'amitié sociale Chronologie Laudato si' modifier Fratelli tutti (en français: « Tous frères ») est une encyclique du pape François signée le 3 octobre 2020 et publiée le lendemain, jour de la fête de saint François d'Assise . I think first of families, called to a primary and vital mission of education. There is a risk that a single scientific advance will be seen as the only possible lens for viewing a particular aspect of life, society and the world. They may quarrel, but there is something that does not change: the family bond. As Saint Augustine said, “the ear sees through the eye, and the eye hears through the ear”. 1. Yet, “when it is a matter of the moral norms prohibiting intrinsic evil, there are no privileges or exceptions for anyone. The parable is clear and straightforward, yet it also evokes the interior struggle that each of us experiences as we gradually come to know ourselves through our relationships with our brothers and sisters. Saint Paul VI, Encyclical Letter Populorum Progressio (26 March 1967): AAS 59 (1967), 265; Benedict XVI, Encyclical Letter Caritas in Veritate (29 June 2009), 16: AAS 101 (2009), 652. Yet beyond this, those who love, and who no longer view politics merely as a quest for power, “may be sure that none of our acts of love will be lost, nor any of our acts of sincere concern for others. [25] Address on Nuclear Weapons, Nagasaki, Japan (24 November 2019): L’Osservatore Romano, 25-26 November 2019, p. 6. [17] BENEDICT XVI, Encyclical Letter Caritas in Veritate (29 June 2009), 22: AAS 101 (2009), 657. [61] We likewise believe that Christ shed his blood for each of us and that no one is beyond the scope of his universal love. Benedict XVI, Encyclical Letter Caritas in Veritate (29 June 2009), 6: AAS 101 (2009), 644. [95] Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’ (24 May 2015), 93: AAS 107 (2015), 884. “Life exists where there is bonding, communion, fraternity; and life is stronger than death when it is built on true relationships and bonds of fidelity. Each particular group becomes part of the fabric of universal communion and there discovers its own beauty. It makes us realize that “the scandal of poverty cannot be addressed by promoting strategies of containment that only tranquilize the poor and render them tame and inoffensive. “We should never confine others to what they may have said or done, but value them for the promise that they embody”,[212] a promise that always brings with it a spark of new hope. Saint Basil, Homilia XXI, Quod rebus mundanis adhaerendum non sit, 3.5: PG 31, 545-549; Regulae brevius tractatae, 92: PG 31, 1145-1148; Saint peter chrysologus, Sermo 123: PL 52, 536-540; Saint Ambrose, De Nabuthe, 27.52: PL 14, 738ff. [184] Address to Participants in the World Meeting of Popular Movements (28 October 2014): AAS 106 (2014), 852. [235] CROATIAN BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE, Letter on the Fiftieth Anniversary of the End of the Second World War (1 May 1995). [29] Technology is constantly advancing, yet “how wonderful it would be if the growth of scientific and technological innovation could come with more equality and social inclusion. Without claiming to carry out an exhaustive analysis or to study every aspect of our present-day experience, I intend simply to consider certain trends in our world that hinder the development of universal fraternity. Providentially, many groups and organizations within civil society help to compensate for the shortcomings of the international community, its lack of coordination in complex situations, its lack of attention to fundamental human rights and to the critical needs of certain groups. Mt 18:23-35). We can never move forward without remembering the past; we do not progress without an honest and unclouded memory. Mainly because, as the Bishops of Colombia have rightly noted, the “origins and objectives of civil demonstrations are not always clear; certain forms of political manipulation are present and in some cases they have been exploited for partisan interests”. [255] This has made all the more dangerous the growing practice in some countries of resorting to preventive custody, imprisonment without trial and especially the death penalty. Life on the local level thus becomes less and less welcoming, people less open to complementarity. The parable begins with the robbers. No authentic, profound and enduring change is possible unless it starts from the different cultures, particularly those of the poor. [202] SAINT JOHN PAUL II, Encyclical Letter Veritatis Splendor (6 August 1993), 96: AAS 85 (1993), 1209. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. Once more we are being reminded that “each new generation must take up the struggles and attainments of past generations, while setting its sights even higher. When we speak of the need to care for our common home, our planet, we appeal to that spark of universal consciousness and mutual concern that may still be present in people’s hearts. The development of a global community of fraternity based on the practice of social friendship on the part of peoples and nations calls for a better kind of politics, one truly at the service of the common good. Called to take root in every place, the Church has been present for centuries throughout the world, for that is what it means to be “catholic”. [177] Otherwise, it would be “excluded from the plans and processes of promoting human development of universal range, in dialogue between knowledge and praxis”. Rev 12:17). A living culture, enriched by elements from other places, does not import a mere carbon copy of those new elements, but integrates them in its own unique way. No one can possess the whole truth or satisfy his or her every desire, since that pretension would lead to nullifying others by denying their rights. Una conversazione con Papa Francesco, in JORGE MARIO BERGOLIO – PAPA FRANCESCO, Nei tuoi occhi è la mia parola. Saint Francis “heard the voice of God, he heard the voice of the poor, he heard the voice of the infirm and he heard the voice of nature. It has to do with their desires, their interests and ultimately the way they live their lives. [21] Message for the 2015 World Day of Peace (8 December 2014), 3-4: AAS 107 (2015), 69-71. Nowadays, what do certain words like democracy, freedom, justice or unity really mean? [32] The pain, uncertainty and fear, and the realization of our own limitations, brought on by the pandemic have only made it all the more urgent that we rethink our styles of life, our relationships, the organization of our societies and, above all, the meaning of our existence. There are times when we feel like him, badly hurt and left on side of the road. Francis did not wage a war of words aimed at imposing doctrines; he simply spread the love of God. In the first century before Christ, Rabbi Hillel stated: “This is the entire Torah. 105. The joys and sorrows of each of its members are felt by all. Indeed, “when financial speculation manipulates the price of food, treating it as just another commodity, millions of people suffer and die from hunger. 242. 177. [6] Address at the Ecumenical and Interreligious Meeting with Young People, Skopje, North Macedonia (7 May 2019): L’Osservatore Romano, 9 May 2019, p. 9. For God’s sake, no! Will we bend down and help another to get up? [79] Address to Young People, Tokyo, Japan (25 November 2019): L’Osservatore Romano, 25-26 November 2019, 10. Truth means recognizing the pain of women who are victims of violence and abuse… Every act of violence committed against a human being is a wound in humanity’s flesh; every violent death diminishes us as people… Violence leads to more violence, hatred to more hatred, death to more death. If we go to the ultimate source of that love which is the very life of the triune God, we encounter in the community of the three divine Persons the origin and perfect model of all life in society. Hence my insistence that, “helping the poor financially must always be a provisional solution in the face of pressing needs. [246] There can be no stepping back from this position. For a healthy relationship between love of one’s native land and a sound sense of belonging to our larger human family, it is helpful to keep in mind that global society is not the sum total of different countries, but rather the communion that exists among them. [280] Truly, “whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love” (1 Jn 4:8). 157. 236. Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (24 November 2013), 220-221: AAS 105 (2013), 1110-1111. It speaks to us of an essential and often forgotten aspect of our common humanity: we were created for a fulfilment that can only be found in love. SAINT JOHN PAUL II, Encyclical Letter Sollicitudo Rei Socialis (30 December 1987), 42: AAS 80 (1988), 572-574; Encyclical Letter Centesimus Annus (1 May 1991), 11: AAS 83 (1991), 806-807. 103. Mutual assistance between countries proves enriching for each. Forgiving does not mean forgetting. In any human group there are always going to be more or less subtle power struggles between different parties. At a time when various forms of fundamentalist intolerance are damaging relationships between individuals, groups and peoples, let us be committed to living and teaching the value of respect for others, a love capable of welcoming differences, and the priority of the dignity of every human being over his or her ideas, opinions, practices and even sins. 217. Only by basing themselves on the historical truth of events will they be able to make a broad and persevering effort to understand one another and to strive for a new synthesis for the good of all. Our response to the arrival of migrating persons can be summarized by four words: welcome, protect, promote and integrate. [218] Meeting with Authorities, the Diplomatic Corps and Representatives of Civil Society, Bogotá, Colombia (7 September 2017): AAS 109 (2017), 1029. The best way to dominate and gain control over people is to spread despair and discouragement, even under the guise of defending certain values. When our house stops being a home and starts to become an enclosure, a cell, then the global comes to our rescue, like a “final cause” that draws us towards our fulfilment. Instead, it proved easier to pursue partisan interests without upholding the universal common good. They agree that opportunities should be available to everyone, but then go on to say that everything depends on the individual. O God, Trinity of love, from the profound communion of your divine life, pour out upon us a torrent of fraternal love. Less and less will people be called by name, less and less will this unique being be treated as a person with his or her own feelings, sufferings, problems, joys and family. Nor will it trouble us to be deemed naive for choosing peace. Intermediaries seek to give everyone a discount, ultimately in order to gain something for themselves. Kindness frees us from the cruelty that at times infects human relationships, from the anxiety that prevents us from thinking of others, from the frantic flurry of activity that forgets that others also have a right to be happy. 158. Some people are born into economically stable families, receive a fine education, grow up well nourished, or naturally possess great talent. [81] Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (24 November 2013), 190: AAS 105 (2013), 1100. [149] When we talk about the possibility of some form of world authority regulated by law,[150] we need not necessarily think of a personal authority. This requires that they be treated differently. When the dignity of the human person is respected, and his or her rights recognized and guaranteed, creativity and interdependence thrive, and the creativity of the human personality is released through actions that further the common good”. Yet it is also true that an individual and a people are only fruitful and productive if they are able to develop a creative openness to others. I, 69; A. ROYO MARÍN, Teología de la Perfección Cristiana, ed. Together, we can seek the truth in dialogue, in relaxed conversation or in passionate debate. Despite obstacles, differences and varying perspectives on the way to achieve peaceful coexistence, this task summons us to persevere in the struggle to promote a ‘culture of encounter’. While one person can help another by providing something to eat, the politician creates a job for that other person, and thus practices a lofty form of charity that ennobles his or her political activity. This implies taking certain indispensable steps, especially in response to those who are fleeing grave humanitarian crises. [191] Video Message to the TED Conference in Vancouver (26 April 2017): L’Osservatore Romano, 27 April 2017, p. 7. They were not among those to be helped. Francis’ fidelity to his Lord was commensurate with his love for his brothers and sisters. Indeed, “doubly poor are those women who endure situations of exclusion, mistreatment and violence, since they are frequently less able to defend their rights”. 204. [276] It is also urgent to continue to bear witness to the journey of encounter between the different Christian confessions. Redécouvrir la fraternité. Some texts are very clear in this regard: we are told to admonish our opponents “with gentleness” (2 Tim 2:25) and encouraged “to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show every courtesy to everyone. A mechanism of selection then comes into play, whereby I can immediately separate likes from dislikes, what I consider attractive from what I deem distasteful. True wisdom demands an encounter with reality. Jesus tells the story of a man assaulted by thieves and lying injured on the wayside. [183] Cf. In this way, fear deprives us of the desire and the ability to encounter the other”.[45]. [166] Once more, I appeal for a renewed appreciation of politics as “a lofty vocation and one of the highest forms of charity, inasmuch as it seeks the common good”. It could be said that, here and now, anyone who is neither a robber nor a passer-by is either injured himself or bearing an injured person on his shoulders. 145. Integrating differences is a much more difficult and slow process, yet it is the guarantee of a genuine and lasting peace. Even so, I do not wish to limit this presentation to a kind of utilitarian approach. As believers, we are convinced that human nature, as the source of ethical principles, was created by God, and that ultimately it is he who gives those principles their solid foundation. Never again, Lord, never again!”.[232]. Just as there can be no dialogue with “others” without a sense of our own identity, so there can be no openness between peoples except on the basis of love for one’s own land, one’s own people, one’s own cultural roots. And service in great part means “caring for vulnerability, for the vulnerable members of our families, our society, our people”. Nor is equality achieved by an abstract proclamation that “all men and women are equal”. [187] Address to the United Nations Organization, New York (25 September 2015): AAS 107 (2015), 1039. [128] Cf. [120] Ultimately, this will benefit the entire world, since “development aid for poor countries” implies “creating wealth for all”. Planeta, Buenos Aires, 2017, 105. 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