In their collective statement circulated Tuesday, November 3, CERNA members identify Pope Francis’ New Encyclical, Fratelli Tutti and the forthcoming canonization of Blessed Charles de Foucauld as “the two recent Church events” that “shed a new and joyful light on what we are living.”
They term the Holy Father’s Encyclical a document that sheds light on the value of fraternity in their region, challenging the people of God in North Africa “in a special way.”
They explain in reference to Fratelli Tutti, “It is a first, as a text of the Magisterium of the Church, to mention to such an extent, the role of a Muslim figure in a papal reflection. That has links to our own experience of meeting with Muslims which can help us to grow in our own faith and in the understanding of God’s calling.”
“In line with social encyclicals, this one is aimed not only at members of the Catholic Church, but also, in a world dimension, at all people of good will. Somehow the world is given to the Church as its limit, or rather as its horizon,” CERNA members add.