Towards Fraternity: Reflections on Fratelli Tutti

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  • Thursday | November 12, 2020
  • 7:00 pm

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Join us for an evening panel discussion:


“Towards Fraternity:

Reflections on Fratelli Tutti”

Erika Bachiochi (Ethics and Public Policy Center)
Louis Brown (Christ Medicus Foundation)
Kim Daniels (Georgetown University)
Timothy P. O’Malley (University of Notre Dame)
Moderated By:
Elise Ureneck (Catholic communications strategist)


Thursday, November 12th
7:00pm ET via Zoom





“Love also impels us towards universal communion. No one can mature or find fulfilment by withdrawing from others. By its very nature, love calls for growth in openness and the ability to accept others as part of a continuing adventure that makes every periphery converge in a greater sense of mutual belonging. As Jesus told us: ‘You are all brothers’ (Mt 23:8).”

 – Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti



On Sunday, October 4th, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Pope Francis signed his most recent Encyclical Letter entitled: Fratelli Tulli: On Fraternity and Social Friendship. The title is taken from the “Admonitions” of St. Francis to “address his brothers and sisters and proposed to them a way of life marked by the flavour of the Gospel” (Par. 1).

The Encyclical is a discourse on the need for humanity to grow in greater solidarity and fraternity in order create a more just and unified society. Drawing upon the foundational principle of the dignity of the human person as endowed by God, our Father, Pope Francis implores his audience to acknowledge our common link as children of God and to live as brothers and sisters. Furthermore, he evaluates the ways in which our current social, political, economic and institutional trends often run contrary to this message and offers insight and reflections to bring the Gospel into contemporary culture.

Join the Portsmouth Institute for Towards Fraternity: Reflections on Fratelli Tulli”  to critically engage the themes of the Encyclical and how they can by integrated into ordinary relationships and society at-large. Four panelists from various disciplines have been invited to participate in a discussion and examine the Encyclical in light of their respective fields. The event will take place via Zoom on Thursday, November 12th at 7:00pm ET.




Erika Bachiochi is a Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a Senior Fellow at the Abigail Adams Institute in Cambridge, MA. She was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School in 2018. Her forthcoming book, an intellectual history of women’s rights, is forthcoming from Notre Dame University Press in 2021.

Louis Brown is the Executive Director of the Christ Medicus Foundation. He has worked as a congressional staffer on Capitol Hill for a Catholic pro-life congressman serving as legislative counsel to the Congressman as well as his liaison to the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary.

Kim Daniels is the associate director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University. A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Chicago Law School, she was appointed by Pope Francis as a member of the Vatican Dicastery for Communication in 2016.

Timothy P. O’Malley is the director of education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life and academic director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy. He holds a concurrent appointment in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. 


Elise Ureneck is a communications consultant and is a columnist for Catholic News Service.


Cosponsored by:

University of St. Thomas Center for Catholic Studies

Studies in Catholic Faith and Culture at the University of Dallas

Providence College Humanities Forum





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