Bishop Mark on Pope Francis’ new Encyclical


Bishop Mark today issued a Pastoral Message inviting all to embrace and to prayerfully reflect on Pope Francis’ new Encyclical, “Fratelli Tutti, Brothers and Sisters, all”


Pastoral message to the Diocese, 4th October 2020

My dear brothers and sisters

These last months have been challenging for us all. They will remain so, for the next foreseeable months, too, as we all strive to live our lives in the shadow of the pandemic, and at the same time to care for the weakest. What this experience is showing us is that we are all in the same boat. We are all vulnerable.  We know more deeply now that life is precious. Human life is to be treasured.  We share a common humanity.  All of us are brothers and sisters. We recognise the great dignity of each person.

This is why we warmly welcome and embrace Pope Francis’ new Encyclical Letter, Fratelli Tutti, Brothers and Sisters, All, which was published today.  The Holy Father reminds us that we share a common fraternity, because we are all made in the image and likeness of God.  Pope Francis shares with us a remarkable vision of what it means to live a social friendship with one another, not just those whom we meet on a day to day basis, but those who are far from us, whom we must take the risk of coming to know and embracing.

Click the link below to read Bishop Mark’s full Message and links to the full text of the Encyclical

Pastoral Message to the Diocese on Fratelli Tutti