Pope signs his new encyclical on St Francis’ tomb

Vatican News

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Pope Francis paid a visit to the tomb of his namesake in Assisi on Saturday to sign his third encyclical, which bears the name “Fratelli Tutti” (we are all brothers).

The Pope celebrated mass at the crypt at the Basilica of St Francis before signing his encyclical on the tomb holding the saint’s mortal remains.

The visit – his fifth to Assisi during his pontificate – was made on the anniversary of the death of St Francis of Assisi, with the Pope travelling by car.

The title of the encyclical is itself derived from the writings of St Francis, specifically from the Admonitions which he had addressed to his fellow Franciscan friars. The Pope’s previous encyclical, Laudato Si’, similarly derived its name from a religious song composed by the saint, the Canticle of the Creatures, even retaining the Umbrian dialect of the original text.

As the name suggests, Fratelli Tutti focuses on fraternity and social friendship. The encyclical, which is set to be published shortly, is expected to elaborate on what the world should look like in the wake of the upheaval created by the Covid-19 pandemic.