Faith is truly a good for everyone; it is a common good. Its light does not simply brighten the interior of the Church, nor does it serve solely to build an eternal city in the hereafter; it helps us build our societies in such a way that they can journey towards a future of hope. ” (51)
Pope Francis released his first encyclical letter today, titled Lumen Fidei or The Light of Faith. The encyclical was begun by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI before his abdication of the papacy and completed by Pope Francis. Several weeks ago, Pope Francis remarked that “It’s an encyclical written with four hands, so to speak, because Pope Benedict began writing it and he gave it to me.”
This is not the first time that a pope will complete an encyclical begun by his predecessor. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s first encyclical Deus Caritas Est included content written during the final months of Pope John Paul II’s pontificate.