In a column in this week's edition of The Tablet, home news editor Liz Dodd writes about the Pope's new encyclical, to be published on 4 October.
“Fratelli tutti” translates – no matter how delicately the Holy See dances around this – to “brothers all”, although some news outlets have done the PR gloss and inferred, in English at least, that “sisters” are silently included. As per tradition, the title is derived from the opening words of the encyclical, St Francis of Assisi’s admonishment: “Let us all, brothers, look to the Good Shepherd who suffered the passion of the Cross to save his sheep.”
In this podcast for The Tablet, she explains further why this title is not good enough. She warns of the danger that this failing will distract from the wider, important message of the Pope's vision for society in a post-Covid age.