Looking at the encyclicals of Pope Francis, one can easily find the seeds that were somehow sown to prepare the ground for this encyclical Fratelli tutti. "One thinks of the text of Evangelii gaudium where it is a question in certain passages of a mysticism of living together, of mingling, meeting, hugging, bending over and bringing a relationship of fraternity to all people," Bishop Martinelli recalls. I see a deep connection, at least if we consider the title, with this fundamental and programmatic text of his pontificate". The Prelate emphasizes the idea of being united to one another for the mysterious recognition of the presence of God in each one of us. A mysticism that knows how to perceive God in fraternal relationships.
But in this new encyclical, there is also Christus Vivit, the apostolic exhortation addressed to young people after the synod dedicated to them, the appreciation of the style of openness to all, of attention to the concrete human being of each one, of sincerity, courage, mutual trust: the foundations of a powerful sense of fraternity. "Here, the quotation of Francis of Assisi is appropriate," notes Bishop Martinelli, "when he wrote his will, he wrote: 'The Lord has given me brothers'".
Father Territo shares the reference to Evangelii gaudium where the Pope speaks of a Church that knows how to take the first step that knows how to take the initiative without fear that goes in search of the distant, that is at the crossroads. "It is not so much the question of reciprocal fraternity," the Jesuit says, "as the concept of a Church that does not wait, that throws itself toward its brothers, that marks a path. In this sense, the Church for the Pope is precisely the leaven of fraternity. I see it also in Amoris Laetitia or in Laudato Si': there is the idea of accompanying all humanity, of conjugal love, of wounded couples, of accompanying the excluded, of concern for the wounds of the earth. In short, the idea of a Church that takes care of all humanity".