Deemed “sexist”, the title of the new encyclical dedicated to fraternity creates controversy

“All Brothers”, the quote from Saint Francis of Assisi, means that the text is accused by some of excluding women.

This encyclical was matured by Francis (here September 2 in the Vatican) over months of confinement as St. Peter's Basilica and its plaza were closed, all of the pope's public hearings and his trips canceled.
This encyclical was matured by Francis (here September 2 in the Vatican) over months of confinement as St. Peter’s Basilica and its plaza were closed, all of the pope’s public hearings and his trips canceled. VINCENZO PINTO / AFP

Will the Pope have to write his next encyclicals in inclusive language? This writing which foresees the masculine and the feminine everywhere so as not to exclude women? The next, and third, encyclical of the pontificate of Francis dedicated to “fraternity”, which will appear on October 4, has indeed sparked a controversy in several countries, including the United States, for its title deemed too… sexist! In Italian, the reference language in the Vatican, the encyclical will be called “Tutti fratelli”, that is to say “all brothers”. It is true that in English, brother is strictly male. It does not have the same universal, male-female connotation that the word “brother” may have in French or Italian depending on its context.

Faced with the risk of disqualifying a text by its title alone even before its content is known, the Vatican had to put things right. Vatican Media Editorial Director Andrea Tornielli said on the official Vatican News website: “As this is a quote from

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Bad luck is worse than Corona Virus Outbreak

VATICAN CITY, KOMPAS.com – Pope Francis state that bergibah or gossip is a plague that is worse than that corona virus.

Therefore, he urged the people Catholic around the world to avoid gossiping and indulging in one’s disgrace.

The Pope said that gossip can also divide the Roman Catholic Church New Dawn.

The supreme leader of Catholics made this point in his weekly address from a window over St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City.

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“Please, brothers and sisters, let’s try not to gossip. Gossip is a plague worse than Covid-19, “said the Pope.

“The devil is big gossip. He always says bad things about other people because he is a liar trying to break up the church,” added Pope Francis.

The pope regularly warns of the risk of gossip and also denounces incitement aimed at breaking unity via the internet.

“If something goes wrong, keep quiet and pray for the brother or sister who made a mistake. Don’t gossip,” he said.

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Previously, the Pope attended the European House-Ambrosetti Workshop on Friday (4/9/2020) as quoted from Daily Mail.

The event is an annual event and is held in the City of Cernobbio, Italy.

During the event, Pope Francis said the corona virus had undermined the pillars of the world economy which was built on idolatry called money and was dominated by the rich.

The Pope then called for a new economic model that is more inclusive and reduces social injustice.

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“Fratelli tutti”: Francis will sign a new encyclical

Pope Francis interrupts his travel abstinence. For this he chose Assisi, which is symbolic for his pontificate. The reason for the visit is also important.

Pope Francis plans to make a short visit to Assisi on October 3rd. There the Catholic head of the church will sign a new encyclical with the title “Fratelli tutti” (something like: All are brothers). The Vatican announced. It would probably be the 83-year-old Francis’ first trip since the corona pandemic break. In the encyclical, an important teaching letter, it is said to be about brotherhood in the world and social cohesion.

It will be the third encyclical of the Pope from Argentina. An encyclical is a directive letter addressed to the bishops and the faithful. Thematically, such papers deal with religious and moral doctrine, social, political and economic doctrine or church politics. Francis already had 2013 and 2015 published such letters.

As the prefecture of his household explained, the visit should only last a few hours. Because of the health situation it will have a private form “at the request of the Holy Father”. This means that no pilgrims are allowed.

The city of Assisi is around two hours’ drive northeast of Rome in Umbria. It is the home of the Franciscan Order. Assisi is also the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi, the pope’s namesake. A mass at the grave of St. Francis is also planned, it said. The Pope had stopped traveling in March because of the Corona outbreak.

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“Fratelli tutti”: Pope Francis signs his new encyclical in Assisi

The director of the Press Room of the Holy See announced it this Saturday: on October 3, the Pope will go to Assisi, to pray at the tomb of Saint Francis, which will be the feast the next day. There he will also sign his new encyclical devoted to the theme of fraternity.

All brothers, “All brothers”: this is the name of this new encyclical of Pope Francis, the 3rd of his pontificate after The light of faith in 2013 et Praised in 2015. This title refers to Admonitions of Saint Francis (6, 1: FF 155) : “Let us consider, all brothers, the Good Shepherd: to save his sheep, he suffered the Passion and the Cross”.

The Holy Father therefore chooses a very solemn, very significant place to initial this text: Assisi, the city of Poverello whose name he took as Pope, and who preached this fraternity “cosmic», Universal, uniting all the creatures of God, unique father of all.

On Thursday October 3, therefore, the Bishop of Rome will visit the tomb of Saint Francis, in a private manner and without the participation of the faithful, because of the health situation. He will celebrate Mass there, at the end of which he will sign the text he wrote in recent months, before returning to the Vatican, said the director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Matteo Bruni.

The theme of fraternity, a guideline of the pontificate

From this text, we only know the theme: human fraternity and social friendship. A theme dear to him, which he constantly develops and declines in his magisterium and which is, moreover, at the heart of Document signed in 2019 in Abu Dhabi with the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar.

A theme that he tackled on a recurring basis also during messes to Saint Martha in recent months, at the height of the pandemic, calling on all men of good will, from all religious traditions to pray together for the end of the health crisis: brothers and sisters in humanity, also united by the ordeal and by hope.

This will be the Pope’s 4th visit to Assisi, after those of October 4, 2013 and 2016 (August 4 and September 20). A return that the bishop of the city, Mgr Domenico Sorrentino, awaits with “emotion and gratitude”, as we can read in a statement. “As the world suffers from a pandemic which puts so many peoples in difficulty and makes us feel brothers in pain, we can only feel the need to become brothers in love above all.», Writes Bishop Sorrentino. “This gesture of Pope Francis, concludes the Bishop of Assisi, gives us new courage and new strength to “restart” in the name of the brotherhood that unites us all ”.

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Held General Audience, Pope Francis kisses the flag of Lebanon page all

VATICAN CITY, KOMPAS.com – Sri Pope Francis on Wednesday (2/9/2020) held the first public hearing in 6 months on the page Vatican and not in St. Peter’s Square.

Pope Francis is holding his weekly general audience in public for the first time in 6 months on Wednesday.

The Catholic leader appeared to be smiling and chatting as he emerged from the lockdown during the coronavirus outbreak.

The congregants who attended were checked for temperature when they were about to enter the Vatican and almost everyone, including the uniformed Swiss Guard, wore masks.

A total of approximately 500 people are seated in chairs that have been arranged to ensure physical distancing.

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“After months, we continued our meeting face to face and not screen to screen, face to face, and this is beautiful,” he said to the audience’s applause.

Pope Francis clearly enjoyed the moment as he walked past congregations pushing each other behind the barrier. The Pope also stopped frequently to talk to them from one to two meters away.

The Pope last held an audience with a public crowd in early March. After that, the coronavirus pandemic forced him to hold virtual audiences conducted from the papal official library via television or the internet, an experience he described as “seclusion.”

He blessed the children from afar as he crossed the path to the pulpit to convey his message.

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A call for peace Lebanon

Pope Francis appears excited by the attendance of the congregation even though the figure is far from the tens of thousands of people who usually crowd St. Peter’s Square.

Pope Francis kissed the Lebanese flag handed to him by a Lebanese pastor, Georges Breidi and bowed his head to say a silent prayer for the country, which is still recovering from the massive explosion at the port and the loss of life.

At the end of the audience, he invited the priest to come forward to raise the flag as the Pope called for peace and dialogue in Lebanon.

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He announced that Friday, September 4 would be a day of prayer and fasting for Lebanon and that he was sending the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to Beirut that day to represent him.

On that occasion, the Pope also invited followers of other religions to participate.

“Lebanon cannot be left alone,” Francis said, calling on politicians and religious leaders to commit with “sincerity and transparency” to rebuilding the country and for countries to help each other “without getting involved in regional tensions.”

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Angelus: in the storm, do not be afraid to shout “Lord, save me!”

Commenting on the Gospel of this Sunday, August 9 from the window of the Apostolic Palace, before the prayer of the Angelus, Pope Francis invited to trust in God, in all the moments of our life. When contrary winds blow, the Risen Lord remains present and gives the strength to witness, including until martyrdom.

Adelaide Patrignani – Vatican City

“A beautiful prayer”: this is how Pope Francis described this Sunday the cry launched by Peter, overcome by fear as he sank into the waters on which Jesus manages to walk. “Lord, save me!” (Mt 14,30), launches the disciple to his Master.

Jesus immediately extends his hand to him, for He is “The hand of the Father who never abandons us, the strong and faithful hand of the Father, who always wants our good”, underlined the Sovereign Pontiff.

Trust and surrender

Also, we must not “to be ashamed” to make the prayer of St. Peter our own, “When we feel strongly the doubt and the fear, and that we have the impression to sink, in the difficult moments of the ve, when everything becomes dark”. The whole of the evangelical pericope is, like this exchange between Jesus and Peter, “An invitation to abandon ourselves with confidence to God at every moment of our life”.

In the most stormy times, the Pope continued, to have faith means “Keep your heart turned to God, to his love, his Father’s tenderness”. Jesus, facing his disciple in distress as well as facing each one of us, knows very well that our path can be “Blocked by opposing forces”. But He, the Risen One, “Went through death to save us”. He is always present by our side, and when He lifts us up from our falls, “He makes us grow in faith”.

The Church’s boat, shaken but not overthrown

The Holy Father has finally mentioned the boat in the grip of the storm, “Image of the Church, which in every era encounters contrary winds, sometimes very difficult trials”, like persecutions, “And still today, in certain places”. We may then be tempted to believe that God “Abandoned her”. On the contrary, explained the Pope, “It is precisely in these moments that the testimony of faith, the testimony of love, the testimony of hope shines even more”. To the members of his Church, the Risen Jesus “Gives the grace of witness to the martyr, from which new Christians sprout and fruits of reconciliation and peace for the whole world”.

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Pope Francis prays for Syria and Yemen

« Let the leaders be able to make peace! ” Two days before the holding of the fourth conference in Brussels on the future of Syria, organized on the initiative of the United Nations and the European Union (EU), François exhorted, Sunday, June 28 at the end of the prayer of the Angelus, the faithful praying for the country, tested by nearly ten years of war.

« We pray for this important meeting, so that it can improve the dramatic situation of the Syrian people and the neighboring peoples, in particular of Lebanon, in the context of serious socio-political and economic crises that the pandemic has made even more difficult ”, thus stressed the pope. In March 2019, the previous edition of this conference had raised more than six billion euros, to help and rebuild the country, but also to support neighboring countries hosting refugees. More than 50 foreign ministers then met with representatives of the United Nations.

Yemeni children

Sunday June 28, the pope also invited Catholics to entrust to God, in their prayers, the Yemeni population, and “Especially children, who are suffering due to the very serious humanitarian crisis”. In a report published Friday, June 26, UNICEF had sounded the alarm over the worrying rate of malnourished children in the country, torn apart since 2014 by the bloody civil war which opposes the loyalist forces to the Sunni government – exiled in Riyadh and supported by the Arab coalition -, and the Houthi rebels, supported by Iran.

Finally, François also called in particular to pray for the “People affected by the severe floods in western Ukraine: may they know the comfort of the Lord and the help of their brothers”. Since the middle of last week, catastrophic floods – the “Worst in twelve years”, according to the authorities – linked to very heavy precipitation indeed ravage the west of the country, in particular the mountainous region of the Carpathians. According to an official report dated Wednesday, June 24, three people died in the disaster, which also caused the evacuation of 800 residents.

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The future of Cardinal Barbarin takes shape in Rennes and with the Pope

A cardinal about to become soon « simple » chaplain. In celebrating Sunday, June 28, his moving farewell mass in the diocese of Lyon, of which he had taken the lead eighteen years ago, Mgr Philippe Barbarin did not allude, before the crowd of faithful gathered in the primatial Saint- Jean-Baptiste, on the new page he is about to open in his ministry.

→ REPORTAGE. The goodbye moved from Lyonnais to Philippe Barbarin

But two days earlier, in an exclusive interview with RCF’s regional branch – which also covered the four judicial years related to the Preynat case – the archbishop had mentioned his imminent departure for Brittany and had said he was available for the missions entrusted to him by Pope Francis. Visibly appeased, talkative after three months of retreat and silence, he had then announced that he would leave in July to settle on the site of the mother house of the Congregation of the Little Sisters of the Poor, in Saint-Pern, Ille- et-Vilaine.

“Pastoral dimension”

There, with the nuns in the service of the elderly according to the spirituality of Saint Jeanne Jugan (1792-1879), the founder of their community, he will reside in a house at the bottom of the park, welcoming the seminarians of Brittany in propaedeutics. The Archbishop of Rennes, Bishop Pierre d’Ornellas, asked him to give classes at the seminary of Rennes: “I hope I can do it”, confided on the air, with a burst of laughter, Philippe Barbarin, saying “Always happy to do something new”.

This radical change does not seem to cause him any particular apprehensions or concerns. “My real vocation is to be a priest, he assured again. The most beautiful of the priestly dimension is the pastoral dimension, even if I will not have the responsibility of the pastor in a parish which is the most joyful, the most profound thing in the life of a priest or d ‘a bishop. In Saint-Pern, he will meet Bishop Émile Marcus, 90, Archbishop Emeritus of Toulouse from 1996 to 2006. Chaplain of the mother house of the Little Sisters of the Poor since his retirement in 2007, the latter was superior of the seminary of the Carmelites when the Cardinal Barbarin was training there.

Middle East

The agenda of the emeritus Gaul primate is yet to be fulfilled soon. He will in particular support Bishop d’Ornellas to preside over the confirmations. “I welcome him like a brother. He is a man of God, who is unanimously recognized as a teacher of the Word of God ”, reacted the Archbishop of Rennes in the local press. The ex-archbishop of Lyon is also already asked to preach retreats. He has thus already been invited by Mgr Michel-Marie Calvet, bishop of Nouméa, in New Caledonia, to celebrate the Christmas holidays, where he will then give a retreat to the priests of the diocese.

But it is the Pope who will have priority, since he personally asked the Cardinal to “Stay available”, especially for missions in the Middle East. François indeed knows the investment of Archbishop Barbarin with Christians in the region, even though he returned from three months in Israel and Palestine. The twinning between the Iraqi city of Mosul and the capital of Gaul owes much to the friendship born between the ex-archbishop and Cardinal Louis Raphaël Iis Sako, patriarch of the Chaldean Church. Other projects, like a pilgrimage in November to the Holy Land, are also taking shape.

→ READ. Cardinal Barbarin puts himself at the service of the diocese of Rennes and the Pope

On the airwaves of RCF, the atypical and bubbling cardinal had still insisted on leaving aside the institution and the public scene to urge interiority: “The only thing that interests me is that people read the Word of God: turn off the television and turn on the gospel. If it is a word from God, it must be our compass. The word of God must continue to run! “

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The future of Cardinal Barbarin takes shape in Rennes and with the Pope

A cardinal about to become soon « simple » chaplain. In celebrating Sunday, June 28, his moving farewell mass in the diocese of Lyon, of which he had taken the lead eighteen years ago, Mgr Philippe Barbarin did not allude, before the crowd of faithful gathered in the primatial Saint- Jean-Baptiste, on the new page he is about to open in his ministry.

→ REPORTAGE. The goodbye moved from Lyonnais to Philippe Barbarin

But two days earlier, in an exclusive interview with RCF’s regional branch – which also covered the four judicial years related to the Preynat case – the archbishop had mentioned his imminent departure for Brittany and had said he was available for the missions entrusted to him by Pope Francis. Visibly appeased, talkative after three months of retreat and silence, he had then announced that he would leave in July to settle on the site of the mother house of the Congregation of the Little Sisters of the Poor, in Saint-Pern, Ille- et-Vilaine.

“Pastoral dimension”

There, with the nuns in the service of the elderly according to the spirituality of Saint Jeanne Jugan (1792-1879), the founder of their community, he will reside in a house at the bottom of the park, welcoming the seminarians of Brittany in propaedeutics. The Archbishop of Rennes, Bishop Pierre d’Ornellas, asked him to give classes at the seminary of Rennes: “I hope I can do it”, confided on the air, with a burst of laughter, Philippe Barbarin, saying “Always happy to do something new”.

This radical change does not seem to cause him any particular apprehensions or concerns. “My real vocation is to be a priest, he assured again. The most beautiful of the priestly dimension is the pastoral dimension, even if I will not have the responsibility of the pastor in a parish which is the most joyful, the most profound thing in the life of a priest or d ‘a bishop. In Saint-Pern, he will meet Bishop Émile Marcus, 90, Archbishop Emeritus of Toulouse from 1996 to 2006. Chaplain of the mother house of the Little Sisters of the Poor since his retirement in 2007, the latter was superior of the seminary of the Carmelites when the Cardinal Barbarin was training there.

Middle East

The agenda of the emeritus Gaul primate is yet to be fulfilled soon. He will in particular support Bishop d’Ornellas to preside over the confirmations. “I welcome him like a brother. He is a man of God, who is unanimously recognized as a teacher of the Word of God ”, reacted the Archbishop of Rennes in the local press. The ex-archbishop of Lyon is also already asked to preach retreats. He has thus already been invited by Mgr Michel-Marie Calvet, bishop of Nouméa, in New Caledonia, to celebrate the Christmas holidays, where he will then give a retreat to the priests of the diocese.

But it is the Pope who will have priority, since he personally asked the Cardinal to “Stay available”, especially for missions in the Middle East. François indeed knows the investment of Archbishop Barbarin with Christians in the region, even though he returned from three months in Israel and Palestine. The twinning between the Iraqi city of Mosul and the capital of Gaul owes much to the friendship born between the ex-archbishop and Cardinal Louis Raphaël Iis Sako, patriarch of the Chaldean Church. Other projects, like a pilgrimage in November to the Holy Land, are also taking shape.

→ READ. Cardinal Barbarin puts himself at the service of the diocese of Rennes and the Pope

On the airwaves of RCF, the atypical and bubbling cardinal had still insisted on leaving aside the institution and the public scene to urge interiority: “The only thing that interests me is that people read the Word of God: turn off the television and turn on the gospel. If it is a word from God, it must be our compass. The word of God must continue to run! “

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“He is really in love of us “

Celebrated sixty days after Easter, corpus domini is generally the occasion of the great processions of the Holy Sacrament, in many countries, and Rome is no exception. Until 2018, the successive popes presided at a long peregrination in the streets of Rome, from the basilica of Saint John Lateran – the cathedral of the city – and leading to the basilica Sainte-Marie-Majeure. Pope Francis had put an end to this tradition by making the choice to go to preside over the ceremony and the procession through neighborhoods more disadvantaged of the diocese of which he is bishop.

Recovery of the mass : the pope calls for “prudence ” and” obedience ” to the measures

This year, pandemic is forcing, the Holy Sacrament could not be carried in procession through the roman streets, and it is, therefore, the interior of St. Peter’s basilica, Francis celebrated mass this Sunday, June 14. As for the feast of Pentecost two weeks ago, fifty of the faithful has only been allowed to participate in the celebration held at the altar of the chair.

Evil and sins are not our identity “

Christ, the pope emphasized in his homily, he did not leave “in memory of [Lui] ” only words or signs, but a Bread in which he is there, living and true “ by which he heals our memory injured “. While “many have the memory marked by the lack of affection and disappointment burning “God put in our memory a greater love : his “.

Through the eucharist, has continued François, God comes “do intimate to us, and every time that we receive it, it reminds us that we are precious. He is really in love of we, he insisted, he sees, and Ito me, the beautiful and the good as we are, the Lord knows that the evil and sins are not our identity. “For pope Francis, the eucharist transforms us into bearers of God “ and heals at the root of the fear and releases closures that trap “.

Of “ true chain of solidarity

Thus, assured the pope, “the Eucharist off to us, and hunger for things and ignites the desire to serve “. It lifts us up from our comfortable physical inactivity “ and grows take care of those who hunger for food and dignity, of those who do not work and hardly able to move forward “. And the pope to urge him to a “actual proximity “composed of “the real chains of solidarity.”

At the end of mass, pope Francis and the faithful remained for ten minutes in adoration before the blessed Sacrament, housed in a monstrance placed on the altar. Then, the pope has made the object of liturgical order to give the blessing with the Holy Sacrament. He then found faithful more many gathered on the place Saint-Pierre – observing the safety distances – by presiding over the Angelus prayer from his window of the apostolic Palace.

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