Smart Pope. To the Sources of Pope Francis’s Teaching.
Smart Pope. To the Sources of Pope Francis’s Teaching.


A series of meetings that will help participants to analyze and understand the social teaching of Pope Francis, its main principles, and areas of activities for the laity who are involved in the development of the civil society, economics, labor world, and pastoral ministry.
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Smart Pope. To the Sources of Pope Francis’s Teaching.

About the program

Smart Pope. To the Sources of Pope Francis’s Teaching is the series consists of four webinars each of which refers to one of the fundamental documents describing the social doctrine of the Church and Pope Francis. In particular, Fratres Omnes, Laudato Si, Evangelii Gaudium: 

  • From Rerum Novarum to  Fratelli tutti: popularization of the social doctrine of the Catholic Church; 
  • Fratres Omnes - fraternity as a driver of the community development; 
  • Laudato Si - a new model of growth through integral ecology 
  • Evangelii Gaudium - Church that goes outside to proclaim the gospel in the modern world.


This is the first meeting in the series of webinars Smart Pope. To the Sources of Pope Francis’s Teaching. 

Pope Lev XIII created a turning point in the Catholic Church by his most famous encyclical Rerum Novarum (1891). The latter became the first social encyclical and thus formed the basis of the modern Church’s Social Doctrine. 

As it happened often with Rerum Novarum, the pages of the recent social Pope Francis’s encyclical Fratelli tutti (2020) have become a real gold mine for Christian lay people who deal with social and political issues. 

In the meeting, we will observe the evolution of Social Teaching of the Church from Rerum Novarum encyclical, the 130th anniversary of which we celebrate this year, to the challenges of modernity which are discussed in Pope Francis’s encyclical Fratelli tutti.   

The encyclical "All brothers", signed by Pope Francis on October 3, 2020, is a strong call for brotherhood in the highest sense of the word.

"St. Francis, who felt himself the brother of the sun, the sea, and the wind", the Holy Father writes, "knew that he was even more united with those who have the same flesh. He sowed peace everywhere and was close to the poor, the abandoned, the sick, the rejected, the smallest. Saint Francis of Assisi, according to the Pope, explained "the essence of open brotherhood, which allows us to recognize, appreciate and love every person, regardless of physical distance, or place in the world where he was born or where he lives."

At the webinar, we will discuss the theme of Pope Francis' Encyclical, in particular the theme of brotherhood. We will also talk about the role of the Church in the development of the common good and the concern for holistic human development.

We will discuss the context of writing the Laudato Si encyclical and look at ecology through the prism of the Church's social teaching.

The following questions will be considered:

- Analysis of current environmental challenges. What's on the agenda?
- What the world should be like according to God's plan. A new re-reading of the Gospel of Creation by Pope Francis;
- Human dignity and the value of God's creation. Which is higher? What is the priority?
- Scientific and technological progress and eco-paradigm. What are the prospects of living together?
- Ecology of life, economy, society, culture. What is it like?
- Steps towards the introduction of responsibility for the world
- The role of the Church in the environmental education of future generations. Why is it important?

This is the last meeting in the Smart Pope webinar series. 

We will talk about the context of creation of the exhortation "Evangelii Gaudium": why it was written by this particular pope at this particular time. 

The following questions will also be discussed: 

- How does Pope Francis see the joy of evangelization? What makes the history of two thousand years ago, as the pope says, “forever new"? 
- The dynamics of the "exit" of the missionary Church. How does this process work? 
- "Economics of Alienation". Why is it dangerous? 
- Temptations of pastors. What are they and how to deal with them? 
- Features of the Gospel preaching. Check list from Pope Francis 
- The social dimension of evangelization: kerygma, economics, the common good, ecumenism 
- How to look for motivation for "missionary feat"?

Speaker: Vitaliy Khrabatyn