A journey of eight weeks centred on the Encyclical Fratelli Tutti comes to an end. The aim of these eight meetings, which took place in Marsascala Parish, was not only that of explaining the thought of Pope Francis but also that of asking ourselves how, on an individual level and as a community, we can build a society built on the foundations of justice, truth and mercy.
After an initial input from the speaker, during every meeting ample space was give for questions and reactions. The culture of walls, the economy, politics, violence and digital relationships were some of the themes discussed. Participants thoroughly appreciated the opportunity to discuss these challenges, which as difficult and complex as they are, cannot simply be ignored and swept under the carpet. At the end of every meeting, Fr Mark Ciantar OFM, referred to snippets from the life of St Francis of Assisi and Franciscan Spirituality texts to shed light on the Franciscan underpinning of the Encyclical.
The Justice and Peace Commission, which organised these meetings in collaboration with the Centre for Ignatian Spirituality, wishes to thank the Parish Priest Fr Roderick Camilleri for his generous welcome, the speakers for explaining with clarity and competence the challenges ahead of us, as well as the parish community for their keen interest and active participation.