Vatican News: In the footsteps of St Francis to build the way of brotherhood


On 3 February 2021, Vatican News published an article tracing the steps that Pope Francis has taken in the footsteps of Saint Francis of Assisi, who inspired Laudato si’, the Abu Dhabi Declaration and the encyclical Fratelli tutti:

Many of Pope Francis’ steps and gestures are part of a path that begins in Assisi and is clearly discernible from the first days of his pontificate. At the beginning of his Petrine ministry, on 19 March 2013, the Pontiff already indicated the direction that accompanies his magisterium. “The vocation of being a “protector”, however, is not just something involving us Christians alone; it also has a prior dimension which is simply human, involving everyone. It means protecting all creation, the beauty of the created world, as the Book of Genesis tells us and as Saint Francis of Assisi showed us. It means respecting each of God’s creatures and respecting the environment in which we live.” On 4 October 2013, on the feast day of Italy’s patron saint, the Pope was in Assisi. “From this City of Peace,” the Holy Father said in his homily in Saint Francis Square, “I repeat with all the strength and the meekness of love: Let us respect creation, let us not be instruments of destruction!” “Let us listen to the cry of all those who are weeping, who are suffering and who are dying because of violence, terrorism or war, in the Holy Land, so dear to Saint Francis, in Syria, throughout the Middle East and everywhere in the world.”


Read the full text by Amedeo Lomonaco (in Italian) at: