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“God has created all human beings equal in rights, duties and dignity, and has called them to live together as brothers and sisters.”

~Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti, October 2020

Pope Francis signed his 3rd encyclical letter, “Fratelli Tutti” on Fraternity and Social Friendship on October 3, 2020 in Assisi, the birthplace of his patron saint.

The phrase, which loosely means “Brothers and Sisters all” offers an insightful philosophy of inclusion and unity, as inspired by St. Francis who…

heard the voice of God, he heard the voice of the poor, he heard the voice of the infirmHe made of them a way of life. My desire is that the seed that Saint Francis planted may grow in the hearts of many.”

Fratelli Tutti reminds us that the seed of hope starts with the belief that all people are created equal with the same rights and dignities and that we are called to live together in peace and harmony as brothers and sisters. With that concept in mind,

“Community can be rebuilt by men and women who identify with the vulnerability of others, who reject the creation of a society of exclusion, and act instead as neighbors, lifting up and rehabilitating the fallen for the sake of the common good.”

Although COVID-19 has cast many dark clouds above us, it has also illuminated the numerous Good Samaritans all around us

who, in the midst of fear, responded by putting their lives on the line. We began to realize that our lives are interwoven with and sustained by ordinary people valiantly shaping the decisive events of our shared history: doctors, nurses, pharmacists, storekeepers and supermarket workers, cleaning personnel, caretakers, transport workers, men and women working to provide essential services.”

We celebrate all the volunteers and community partners who are living Fratelli Tutti in action, including organizations such as HOPE Services Hawaii, which is celebrating 10 years of working with the vulnerable to end homelessness on the Big Island. May we all follow the call of Pope Francis as we work to build paths of hope to care for one another as One ‘Ohana: 

Here we have a splendid secret that shows us how to dream and to turn our life into a wonderful adventure.” 

To read the full encyclical letter, click here.

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