For the month of November, we will be focusing on the Catholic Social Teaching principle of Solidarity. Pope Francis speaks extensively about solidarity in his most recent encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, or On Fraternity and Social Friendship. The purpose of this encyclical is to invite Christians to respond to the call to act in love and friendship as brothers and sisters to one another. This is the entire basis of the principle of solidarity. Pope Francis “offer[s] this social Encyclical as a modest contribution to continued reflection, in the hope that in the face of present-day attempts to eliminate or ignore others, we may prove capable of responding with a new vision of fraternity and social friendship that will not remain at the level of words” (Fratelli tutti no. 6).

In other words, this encyclical is a call to action from Pope Francis to look for ways that we can foster unity and care for one another and reject the tendency to ignore or push aside the needs of others.