Pope Francis to sign new encyclical in October

Pope Francis leaves to change attire after celebrating Easter Sunday Mass behind closed doors due to an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, April 12, 2020. Andreas Solaro/Pool via REUTERS

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Pope Francis will sign a new encyclical after on the 3rd of October, the Vatican news has reported. A Mass will be celebrated in the Basilica of St. Francis but the ceremony will take place without the faithful present, in respect of the current coronavirus situation.

In a statement published on Saturday, the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni, said the encyclical is entitled “All Brothers”, in Italian, Fratelli Tutti, which focuses on fraternity and social friendship.

It was also explained that the title of the Pope’s new encyclical recalls a central theme of his magisterium. On the evening of his election to the papacy on 13th  March 2013, Pope Francis first greeted the world with the word “brothers”. The theme of fraternity is also present in his constant embrace of migrants, epitomized in his pastoral visit to Lampedusa. 

In a statement, the Bishop of Assisi, Domenico Sorrentino, said that they will welcome the Pope’s with “emotion and gratitude”.