Pope Francis's "Culture of Encounter" in Fratelli Tutti as Mission Today

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Pope Francis’s “Culture of Encounter” in Fratelli Tutti as Mission Today

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The Holy Father, Pope Francis, released its third encyclical letter entitled " Fratelli Tutti," which is translated literally as “brothers and sisters all.” The Pope uses the story of Jesus in Luke's Gospel, which is the famous Parable of the Good Samaritan. Luke presents Jesus as an inclusive God. “Luke underlines the fact that the love of God is inclusive and comprehensive, a love which crosses the geographical boundaries of Palestine as well as religious, cultural, social, political and economic boundaries.”

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In Pope Francis’ “ Fratelli Tutti," the Gospel story used by the Supreme Pontiff to explain to the people; how to be an authentic follower of God is the story of the Good Samaritan. Jesus illustrates the superiority of love over legalism. It is also the teachings of Jesus when he has done His sermon on the mount or the Beatitudes.

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Human beings as created in the “image and likeness of God." must be seen in service to our neighbors. Genesis 1:26 (NAB) It is absurd if people say they love God but do not serve others. Jesus reminds His followers, “what you do to the least of my brethren; you do it unto me.

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Philosophy focuses on doing service to other people in the east, which is Confucianism. If there is one word that could characterize the entire history of Chinese Philosophy, that would be humanism “The anthropocentric nature of the Chinese thinkers made them great social thinkers, political thinkers, and moral thinkers.” Alfredo P. Co, The Blooming a Hundred Flowers : Philosophy of Ancient China , (Manila: UST Printing Office, 1992) p.4

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The method used by the author is Qualitative research. It involves collecting and analyzing non-numerical data (e.g., text, video, or audio) to understand concepts, opinions, or experiences. The author's primary source is the encyclical letter of Pope Francis, which is the Fratelli Tutti.

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In the encyclical letter of Pope Francis, it reminds the people to have a social responsibility with other people In Confucianism, there is the concept of Ren translated as “Love.” It is good to look at Ren ( 仁 ) 's character to have fully grasped the connection of what the Holy Father stresses in his encyclical letter. He asks to “simply spread the love of God Among d conflicting meanings of the word in so doing. The etymology of Ren ( 仁 ) consists of, on one side ( 亻 ) , the character signifying “human,” and on the other ( 二 ), the symbol representing "two."

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In the story of the parable of the good Samaritan, a Samaritan "came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. In Confucianism, for the human to cultivate the highest virtue, Ren must-see in others' service. Pope Francis said, "to care for the world in which we live means to care for ourselves." Moreover, man as a social being is not merely the product of his being. Pope Francis, “ Fratelli Tutti: On Fraternity and Social Friendship.” Paragraph 17

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The world is guilty of passing by someone in need without a second thought. It is easy to write them off as someone needing a handout, and a large percentage of people choose to ignore those in serious need of help. Pope Francis calls each of human beings to “love that transcends the barriers of geography and distance, and declares blessed all those who love their brethren.” Human beings reminded to have the responsibility and accountability for those in need.

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In 1521, the arrival of the Spaniards led by Ferdinand Magellan in the “country changed the lives and the indigenous spirituality of the locals. The Filipino people had a religious belief even before the Spaniards brought Catholicism. When the Spaniards discovered the Philippines' shore, certain thoughts were already that each tribe or group was believing. This year 2021, the Philippines will celebrate its 500 th years as a Catholic country. The history of the Philippines talks about how the government converted into Catholicism

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In the twenty-first century, evangelization is different. There is no need for violence to proclaim the word of God to all the nations The mission is "moving from the center to the periphery." It is a call for all human beings to go to the peripheries to serve the ordinary people and ask us to be present to those in need of help, regardless of whether they belong to our social group. Timothy C. Tennet , “ Invitation to World Mission: A Trinitarian Missiology for the Twenty-first Century.” (United States of America: Kregel Publication, 2010) p. 28

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“Prayer without acts of loving-kindness represented a false Christianity.” No man is an island.' Human beings cannot live without the help of another being. A Filipino song is popular in the Church every Lenten Season, entitled " Pananagutan

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