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A Gospel vision for the human family

Pope Francis celebrates the Eucharist at the tomb of St. Francis

Pope Francis’ new encyclical letter, “Fratelli Tutti” is a deep and searching reflection on the meaning of human community and how God wants us to live together in society.

It comes at a time in this country when there is a widespread feeling that social trust has broken down. It is a moment when people have lost faith in our institutions and leaders, and our politics and media have become angry and divisive.

Often, it seems, we now look with suspicion at those who disagree with us; we treat them like enemies. It seems to many of us that our society has lost not only the ability to work together for the common good, but also any sense of what the common good might be.

Click here to read Archbishop’s full reflection on