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October 5, 2020

Fratelli Tutti

Pope Francis’ New Encyclical on Human Fraternity and Solidarity

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“In this storm, the façade of those stereotypes with which we camouflaged our egos, always worrying about our image, has fallen away, uncovering once more that (blessed) common belonging, of which we cannot be deprived: our belonging as brothers and sisters.”

—Pope Francis, Urbi et Orbi Blessing, March 27, 2020

On Saturday, October 3, Pope Francis traveled to Assisi to the tomb of St. Francis to pray and sign his new encyclical Fratelli Tutti.

On Sunday, October 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, his encyclical on human fraternity and social friendship was released to the world.

On Monday, October 5, Georgetown University’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life hosted a virtual Dahlgren Dialogue on the themes of the encyclical and Pope Francis’ call to recognize that we are all brothers and sisters at a time of a global pandemic, economic crises, and a United States presidential election.

This Dahlgren Dialogue began and ended with prayer from Dahlgren Chapel at Georgetown. A distinguished group of leaders outlined the major elements of the encyclical and discussed its implications and applications in this moment of multiple crises. These leaders addressed:

  • What are the central themes of Fratelli Tutti?
  • Why did Pope Francis choose this time and this topic for his new encyclical?
  • Why is it called Fratelli Tutti, and why is that title generating controversy?
  • What are its implications in a global pandemic and economic crisis?
  • What are its applications in the United States, particularly a month before a major presidential election?

Kim Daniels, associate director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life and a member of the Vatican Dicastery for Communication, moderated the conversation. Rev. Mark Bosco, S.J., vice president of Mission and Ministry at Georgetown University, opened and closed the dialogue with prayer from Dahlgren Chapel at Georgetown.


View a list of articles, statements, and other resources for this dialogue.

Dahlgren Dialogues, co-sponsored with the Georgetown Office of Mission and Ministry, are a series of substantive conversations with experienced leaders in the context of prayerful reflection on current topics at the intersection of faith and public life.​

Photo: Tony Powell/Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington


Cardinal Michael Czerny, S.J.

Cardinal Michael Czerny, S.J.

Cardinal Michael Czerny, S.J., is the under-secretary of the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and has served in Canada, Latin America, Africa, and Rome.

Edith Avila Olea

Edith Avila Olea

Edith Avila Olea is an immigrant advocate in Chicago, Illinois and is a board member of Bread for the World. She is the former justice and peace associate director for the Catholic Diocese of Joliet, Illinois.

Claire Giangravé

Claire Giangravé

Claire Giangravé is the Vatican correspondent for Religion News Service where she covers Pope Francis and the global Catholic Church. She has worked previously at Crux,Catholic News Service, PBS, and MSNBC News.

Sr. Nancy Schreck, OSF

Sr. Nancy Schreck, OSF

Sr. Nancy Schreck, OSF, is the program director of Excel, Inc., a program center in Okolona, Mississippi. She is former president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and former president of the Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque, Iowa.