by Fr. Antonio Maria Rosales, OFM
St. Francis Friary, Cebu City
October 4, the Feast of Saint Francis, is actually the end of the SEASON OF CREATION proclaimed by Pope Francis.
The Season of Creation, which started on September 1, is as a yearly reminder of the message of Pope Francis' 2015 encyclical on the environment, LAUDATO SI, an advocacy dear to St. Francis and the Franciscan Movement worldwide.
Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis' New Encyclical
The celebration of St. Francis on his Feast Day this 2020 is intimately connected with the new encyclical of Pope Francis which he signs on October 3, after celebrating Mass at the tomb of the saint in Assisi.
The encyclical, again borrowed from the spirit and words of St. Francis, is entitled FRATELLI TUTTI, translated inclusively as "We are all Brothers and Sisters."
The Pope calls all humanity to rediscover this basic truth about ourselves: that regardless of our race, culture, belief system, economic standing, educational attainment or