CNA Staff, Oct 5, 2020 / 10:30 am America/Denver (CNA).
The bishops of the United States have praised the release of Pope Francis’ new encyclical, calling it a “profound and beautiful” treatment of human dignity.
After the text of the new papal document, "Fratelli tutti: On Fraternity and Social Friendship," was released on Sunday, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops hailed the document as an “important contribution” to the Church’s social teaching.
In a statement on, October 4, the day the encyclical was released, Gomez said that “Pope Francis’ teaching here is profound and beautiful: God our Father has created every human being with equal sanctity and dignity, equal rights and duties, and our Creator calls us to form a single human family in which we live as brothers and sisters.”
The pope, said the archbishop, “provides us with a powerful and urgent vision for the moral renewal of politics and political and economic institutions from the local level to the global level, calling us to build a common future that truly serves the good of the human person.”
Gomez said that Pope Francis “is challenging us to overcome the individualism in our culture and to serve our neighbors in love, seeing Jesus Christ in every person.”