In the aftermath of an explosion, COVID-19 lockdowns, and economic challenges, Pope Francis’s call to fraternity resounds in religiously pluralistic Beirut.
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2020 was the Year of Big Capital. With St. Joseph, Let’s Make 2021 the Year of The Worker.
Instead of concentration of ownership in the hands of a few capitalists, Catholic Social Teaching envisions workers having common possession with capitalists over the enterprises at which they work.
Catholic Guide to 2021
Break out your calendars! Online and in-person, here are the major Catholic events in 2021.
Pope Francis and the Inclusive Capitalists: Making Friends with Dishonest Wealth?
Pope Francis is throwing his moral weight behind the Council for Inclusive Capitalism, a group of CEOs and business leaders, but it’s not clear they agree on everything.
When It Comes to Civil Unions, Pope Francis Meant What He Said, but That Might Not Be What You Think
In the documentary Francesco by Evgeny Afineevsky, Pope Francis endorsed civil unions for homosexual couples. His words were the source of much ado in the media recently. They are important, but not for the reasons many have pointed to.
The Politics of Pope Francis: Fratelli Tutti’s Message of Hope
“What’s love got to do with it?” In his latest encyclical, Pope Francis offers a vision of politics based on dialogue, encounter, and solidarity. These words may sound foreign or even naive in our world today, but the Holy Father reminds us that change starts with ordinary people.
An Overview of Fratelli Tutti
On Sunday, Pope Francis released the third encyclical of his papacy entitled “Fratelli Tutti,” on fraternity and social friendship. An encyclical is one of the highest ranking documents from a Pope. In this lengthy letter, he offers critiques of populism, neoliberalism, and militarized borders. He restates a rejection of the death penalty. He calls on all people to recognize and live out our common fraternity. Read this article for a complete overview.
Is God Punishing Us?
“I can’t but help think God is punishing us,” my 87-year old great aunt from Rhode Island recently said to me over the phone. I was listening to her thick New England accent as we discussed a world shaken and upended by the Coronavirus. She then reminded me that in 10...
Dreaming with Don Quixote in Querida Amazonia
In his latest exhortation Pope Francis gives us four quite impossible dreams. Is the pope channeling the Spanish literary legend, Don Quixote?
An Overview of “Querida Amazonia”
A summary of Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation on the “Amazon Synod” or the Synod for Bishops of the Pan-Amazonian Region.