4 October 2020: Pope Francis has published a new thoughtful document – a letter addressed to all faithful and even to all men and women of good faith – on human fraternity. We asked one of his close collaborators, Cardinal Michael Czerny SJ, to tell us about the meaning of this major document within the pope’s teaching. He talked to us with his own sensitivity. As the head of the Vatican’s “Migrants and Refugees Section”, he can see how much our present world is in need of more humanity and care for the marginalized.
Cardinal Czerny, Pope Francis wrote Laudato si’, an encyclical on the environment, at a time when a loud cry of alarm about nature was badly needed. Why at the present historic moment is the Pope writing an encyclical on human fraternity?