Siblings All, Sign of the Times: The Social Teaching of Pope Francis
By: Cardinal Michael Czerny and Father Christian Barone
Catholic Media Association Award Winner
“Siblings All, Sign of the Times makes clear how Vatican II is at the heart of Fratelli tutti and of the entire teaching of Pope Francis. At the same time, it dispels the ideological controversies on continuity and discontinuity by demonstrating how Francis’s pontificate allowed for the organic development of key themes from the conciliar and post-conciliar tradition for the church and the world of today.”—Massimo Faggioli, Villanova University, author, The Liminal Papacy of Pope Francis
“A gift to the church and all who want to learn about and live a faith that does justice. This is an indispensable guide for analyzing and applying Fratelli tutti as well as the social mission of the Gospel.”—Marcus Mescher, Xavier University, author, The Ethics of Encounter: Christian Neighbor Love as a Practice of Solidarity
"Siblings All is a captivating post-conciliar theology – indispensable for understanding God’s revelation embodied in the call to social friendship and the mission of the church in our common, albeit troubled home.” —Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, SJ, President of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar
“An instant classic and must-read for anyone interested in Catholic social teaching.”--Michael Sean Winters, National Catholic Reporter
Foreword by Pope Francis
In the encyclical Fratelli Tutti (2020), Pope Francis has offered a synthesis of his Magisterium. From its pages there emerges a “new dream” for humanity: a call to walk together, to join forces in building a more just and united world, and thereby to generate a better future for all.
In introducing an in-depth reading of Francis’s themes, the authors begin by tracing his continuity with the themes and social teaching of the Second Vatican Council. In the second part, they highlight his original contributions, especially in Fratelli tutti. Out of this constant dialectic with the tradition, the truth of “siblings all” appears as a “sign of the times” for our age, and a way for the Church to proclaim and transmit the Gospel to the contemporary world.
Cardinal Michael Czerny is a Czech-born Canadian Jesuit, named a cardinal in 2019. He was a special secretary for the Amazon Synod and, since 2022, serves as Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.
Christian Barone is a priest of the diocese of Noto in Sicily working in Rome. With a doctorate in dogmatic theology from the Gregorian University, he lectures in its department of fundamental theology as well as at other theological faculties.