|In his latest newsletter, Cardinal Tobin emphasizes the importance of ‘recovering kindness’|
|Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, The sixth chapter of the 2020 papal encyclical Fratelli Tutti (On Fraternity and Social Friendship) is entitled “Recovering Kindness.” Pope Francis’s call for a return to a style of social interaction that is respectful, tolerant, and, in a word, “kind,” came just before the COVID-19 pandemic caught the whole world in its grip causing untold suffering, economic hardship and social unrest. The pope’s words also predate the outbreak of violence and the “madness of war” in Ukraine and other regions of the world.As Pope Francis has repeatedly said, “Every war leaves our world worse than it was before. War is a failure of politics and of humanity, a shameful capitulation, a stinging defeat before the forces of evil” (Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti #261). With this in mind, today’s challenge to recover kindness through respectful dialogue, civility, and a commitment to genuine peace among nations is a serious responsibility that none of us should ignore. |
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