Recent Editorial

  • Examining the Encyclical

    Oct 17, 2020

    October 3, the day that Francis signed Fratelli Tutti in Assisi, also happened to mark the twentieth anniversary of a somewhat less illustrious moment in the Church’s interreligious outreach.

  • Fraternity is the foundation and pathway to peace

    Oct 17, 2020

    A letter from the President of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences addressed to the Bishops and Churches of Asia.

  • Fraternity and social friendship

    Oct 10, 2020

    The encyclical’s title is a direct quotation from the Admonitions of St. Francis. It indicates a fraternity that extends not only to human beings, but also to the earth, in full harmony with his other papal encyclical, Laudato Si’.

  • “Fratelli Tutti,” the dreams of solidarity from a Pope concerned about the world

    Oct 10, 2020

    Pope Francis has long praised the word “fraternity”, a concept that can sometimes seem completely exhausted when it is not actually being mocked.

  • Everything is connected — Pope’s idea of solidarity

    Oct 03, 2020

    Pope Francis has made solidarity one of the foundations of his pontificate and his new encyclical Fratelli Tutti is sure to be one of the most important texts on this theme.

  • Vatican diplomacy has never been concerned with regime change

    Oct 03, 2020

    Being a Catholic Church in today’s global world means making difficult choices. The Holy See and the papacy have limited options in China.

  • Taking care of the sick, learning what it means to love

    Sep 26, 2020

    The Church’s teaching on the end of life is re-proposed in “Samaritanus bonus” (Good Samaritan) in pastoral tones: the person is to be taken care of and surrounded with affection until the end.

  • An encyclical for all brothers and sisters

    Sep 26, 2020

    While waiting to know the contents of the document, there has been some discussion about the title and how to translate it inclusively. An encyclical, though, is per se a universal text, and Pope Francis truly wants to speak to the heart of each and every person. The Holy See Press Office announces that the text will be published on 4 October.

  • The CDF and euthanasia

    Sep 26, 2020

    The Vatican’s doctrine congregation, for decades feared for its investigations into theologians, is starting to flex its muscles once again.

  • The Global Economic Crisis

    Sep 19, 2020

    Since last December, a new coronavirus, COVID-19, has been putting our lives at risk. At the same time, it has paralysed most of our systems of production, the survival of which is now under threat. This unprecedented health emergency has triggered a very serious economic crisis, the depth of which will be determined by the duration of the pandemic.