The world exists for everyone, because all of us were born with the same dignity. Differences of colour, religion, talent, place of birth or residence, and so many others, cannot be used to justify the privileges of some over the rights of all. (Fratelli Tutti, 118) 


It is an act of charity to assist someone suffering, but it is also an act of charity, even if we do not know that person, to work to change the social conditions that caused his or her suffering. (Fratelli Tutti, 186)

Mother Teresa Cannonisaiton
Fratelli Tutti: On Fraternity & Social Responsibility
Pope Francis
[Paper Back] 06/10/2020

Pope Francis’ third encyclical is inspired by the life and example of St Francis of Assisi,...

Scripturae Sacrae Affectus On Anniversary of the Death of St Jerome DO957
Pope Francis
[Paper Back] 06/10/2020

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Samaritanus Bonus Do955
Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith
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Pontifical Council New Evangelisation
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Congregation for the Clergy
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For obvious and very good reasons, Pope Francis’ latest encyclical Fratelli Tutti will garner the attention of the Church for the foreseeable future. Lest, however, we overlook another recent papal document, it is worth reflecting on a particular section of a letter issued by Francis to mark the 1600th anniversary of the death of St Jerome: Scripturae Sacrae Affectus. Dated 30th September, in the letter, the Pope recounts the life and achievements of the man who single-handedly produced the Latin Vulgate translation from the best original sources available at that time, and which became the reference point for all other translations in the Catholic Church for centuries.

Pope Francis notes how, “Jerome succeeded in ‘inculturating’ the Bible in the Latin language and culture. His work became a permanent paradigm for the missionary activity of the Church.” This is an essential part of the Pope’s own cherished aim, expressed from the outset of his pontificate, to have a church that consists in “missionary disciples”. He goes on, quoting from Evangelii Gaudium, “Whenever a community receives the message of salvation, the Holy Spirit enriches its culture with the transforming power of the Gospel.” (E.G. §116) The interaction brought about by the meeting of the two cultures helps to develop a new one rooted in the Gospel. 

(Extract from a review on Scripturae Sacrae Affectus by Fr. Sean E. Hall, St Mary’s Presbytery, Forest Hall, October 2020.)

Read the entire review here


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