Pope Francis is writing his next encyclical on poverty, and will address how to live out the vow of poverty in the modern world, according to Cardinal Prosper Grech, an Augustinian friar.
“How to define poverty is not easy today because it’s not a question of radical poverty,” Cardinal Grech said. “But an encyclical on poverty will help all religious orders to define how to really live poverty in our societies.”
Pope Francis’ first encyclical, Lumen Fidei, was released in July, and included some of the writings of his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. In May, an Italian bishop revealed that Pope Francis was working on an encyclical entitled, “Blessed Are the Poor,” though that has not been confirmed by Vatican spokespeople.
Cardinal Grech indicated that, in addition to addressing the vow of poverty that religious take, the next encyclical would benefit the laity as well, acknowledging that the definition of poverty may be different depending on where one lives.
“Poverty in Africa means one thing and poverty in the United States or Europe means another. It’s a question of proportion.”
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