Pope Francis’ new encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, was released today. The encyclical, which is the highest classification of papal document, is Francis’ diagnosis of the social problems plaguing our world—and his proposed cures.
In the 86-page document, Francis diagnoses a number of social ills, including what he’s called the “throwaway culture” that treats the environment, resources, and even people as disposable. He describes unjust economic systems that exploits workers in order to enrich a few wealthy people, and he goes into detail about the negative effects of both populism and globalization.
Faced with these problems, Francis calls for “renewed hope,” proposing a reform of the United Nations to give poor countries more power in international decision-making, global denuclearization and an end to capital punishment. He calls instead for a culture based on an encounter with those who are different.
In this brief “Inside the Vatican” podcast update, host Colleen Dulle breaks down the document’s main themes.
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