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Gender theory confusion shows need for papal encyclical, Dutch cardinal says

Nov 16, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Extreme forms of gender theory have become so influential that a papal encyclical should address the topic, Dutch Cardinal Willem... Read more

Pope Francis signs the encyclical Fratelli tutti at the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi Oct. 3, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

‘Fratelli tutti’: Pope Francis ‘delighted’ as Muslim group oversees encyclical’s Russian translation

Mar 3, 2021

Pope Francis said on Wednesday that he was “delighted” to learn that a Muslim group had overseen the translation of... Read more

Archbishop Christophe Pierre addresses the USCCB Fall General Assembly.

Apostolic nuncio to US to hold webinar on Fratelli Tutti

Dec 4, 2020

Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, will present a webinar on the pope’s recent encyclical, Fratelli Tutti.  Read more

A conference presenting Pope Francis’ encyclical "”Fratelli tutti” at the New Synod Hall in the Vatican, Oct. 4, 2020.

‘Fratelli tutti’: Human fraternity committee to invite youth to make Pope Francis’ vision ‘a reality’

Oct 4, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

A Vatican presentation for Pope Francis’ third encyclical, “Fratelli tutti,” highlighted the involvement of the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity... Read more

Pope Francis prays at the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi Oct. 3, 2020.

‘Fratelli tutti’: Pope Francis calls for unity in new encyclical

Oct 4, 2020

Pope Francis presented his vision for overcoming the world’s growing divisions, laid bare by the coronavirus crisis, in his new... Read more

Pope Francis pictured in St. Peter’s Square, March 29, 2017.

Pope Francis to release new encyclical on Oct. 4

Sep 16, 2020

Pope Francis will release his new encyclical Oct. 4, the Vatican announced Wednesday.   Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square Oct. 2, 2019.

Pope Francis to sign a new encyclical on human fraternity on Oct. 3

Sep 5, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican announced Saturday that Pope Francis will sign the third encyclical of his pontificate in Assisi on Oct. 3.  Read more

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Analysis: Pope Francis makes plans as fifth anniversary approaches

Feb 26, 2018

By Andrea Gagliarducci

As the fifth anniversary of his pontificate approaches, it is obvious that Pope Francis has made his mark on the... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at Guayaquil in Ecuador on July 6, 2015.

The man who put Laudato Si into practice in Ecuador – 40 years ago

Jul 7, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Among the members of civil society Pope Francis met with in Quito was an Italian who helped build a banking... Read more

Have a family, grow a garden, be holy – conclusions from Laudato Si

Jun 23, 2015

By Adelaide Mena, Matt Hadro

The vision behind Pope Francis’ newest encyclical is one that offers a holistic proposal of stewardship rooted in faith, offering... Read more

Pope Francis at the Wednesday General Audience in St Peter's Square on May 20, 2015.

The Pope's take on transgender issues? Accept the body God gave you

Jun 18, 2015

Pope Francis' new encyclical on the environment calls for men and women to acknowledge their bodies as a “gift” from... Read more

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Environment encyclical takes bold stance on controversial issues

Jun 18, 2015

In his newly released encyclical on the environment, Pope Francis did not hesitate to wade into controversial topics, making statements... Read more

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Pope Francis: Receive new encyclical with 'open heart'

Jun 17, 2015

By Ann Schneible

Speaking one day before its official release to the public, Pope Francis is asking for people to have an “open... Read more

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Stewardship for God's creation: the Christian landscape behind Pope Francis' new encyclical

Jun 12, 2015

Pope Francis’ upcoming encyclical on ecology will draw from decades of Catholic social thought on God’s creation in light of... Read more

Days before encyclical's release, Pope condemns culture of waste

Jun 11, 2015

By Elise Harris

After revealing that the topic of consumerism will be a key theme in his upcoming encyclical, Pope Francis today delivered... Read more

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An environment encyclical in March? Pope Francis hopes so

Jan 15, 2015

During an in-flight press conference on his way to the Philippines, Pope Francis said he plans to have his much-anticipated... Read more

Cardinal Prosper Grech at the Patristic Institute Augustinianum, Sept. 3, 2013.

New encyclical to clarify poverty vows, cardinal says

Sep 5, 2013

By Alan Holdren

A new encyclical that is being written by Pope Francis will help address how to live out a vow of... Read more

Pope Francis greets the faithful at the Wednesday General Audience on May 8 2013.

Pope Francis' first encyclical to be released July 5

Jul 1, 2013

Pope Francis’ first encyclical will be published on Friday, July 5, the Vatican has announced.  Read more

ope Francis holds an audience with students from Jesuit-run schools in Italy and Albania in Paul VI Hall June 7, 2013.

Pope confirms faith encyclical nearly done

Jun 13, 2013

Pope Francis put aside his prepared remarks this morning and told members of the Synod of Bishops that the encyclical... Read more