Foundations of Franciscan Fraternity and Fratelli Tutti

Dominic V. Monti, OFM, "Foundations of Franciscan Fraternity and Fratelli Tutti", originally published in Franciscan Connections 70 (2021), 14-16.

At the beginning of his new encyclical on fraternity and social friendship, Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis tells us that he was inspired by the figure of Francis of Assisi. But other than the famous incident he shares where Francis met the Sultan al-Malik al-Kamil during the Fifth Crusade in 1219, exactly what role did the type of fraternity the Pope speaks of play in the life and thought of his thirteenth century namesake?

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