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The European Bishops welcomed Pope Francis’ third encyclical letter on fraternity and social friendship as a new useful compass also at the political level to guide the European Union in the development of policies

Fratelli tutti, the bishops said in an article accompanying their Tuesday statement, « points the way to integral human development, spelling out the steps needed to transform our economic and political systems and shape them with attitudes such as openness, dialogue, commitment, solidarity, equity, concern for our common home, justice, promotion of the common good, support for the poor and marginalized « 

To find out more, Fr Barrios Prieto, Secretary General of COMECE, describes the new encyclical as « a call for a new way of living human relations » – not only on paper or in words – but « with our daily actions, in private, public or professional life, overcoming social, cultural and religious divides « 

In the wake of the 2019 Document on Human Fraternity signed in Abu Dhabi, he « invites us all to be fraternal with one another, to help others, whoever they are, without any discrimination », he declared

The new encyclical letter, continued Fr Prieto, contains a strong reference to the « dream of a united Europe » as envisioned by its founding fathers. It « will also inspire the work of COMECE in the years to come »

EU bishops highlighted the main themes of Fratelli tutti in their statement on Tuesday, including socio-economic affairs, human rights, education, ethics, ecology and migration, among others

They reiterated Pope Francis’ call against a « throwaway culture », calling for politics to be at the service of the common good, putting « human dignity at the center »

The bishops also underlined that in the light of the many conflicts in the world, a lasting peace will be possible only on the basis of a « global ethic of solidarity and cooperation. They reiterated the Pope’s call for a reform of international organizations and economic institutions which integrates the needs of local communities and promotes « a renewed encounter with the poorest and most vulnerable sectors of society »

Regarding fundamental rights, the COMECE declaration reaffirms the support of bishops for the inalienable and universal character of human rights and encourages the promotion of protection against discrimination for all regardless of religion or the minority denomination

Fratelli tutti, declared the bishops, calls for a “culture of encounter” and for action in favor of an “inclusive and constructive dialogue between all the cultural components of society” He also advocates “an ethics of international relations ”to fight inequalities between individuals and countries, and distinguishes between politics that seeks power and politics that connects love with hope

The bishops also called for the implementation of the principles of integral ecology based on Laudato si ‘which links the social to the ecological dimension and calls for « ecological conversion »

In addition, they reiterated Pope Francis’ call for the protection of the rights of people to remain in their countries of origin in safety and dignity, or, when this is not possible, to migrate to a country where they can live and prosper

“If the Encyclical Letter ‘Laudato si’ is a general description of the common home, the Earth and its inhabitants, its limits, its difficulties and the challenges it faces, the Encyclical Letter Fratelli tutti is the rules of procedure which try to shape the coexistence of all the inhabitants and the relations between them ”, declared the bishops of the EU

Pope Francis, Catholic Church, Vatican City

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