On Monday, March 13, Pope Francis celebrated the 10th anniversary of his landmark election. Reflecting the pontiff’s own focus, the focus of this journal is all-embracing, it reaches out to the periphery – one that is geographical, as much as it is social and economic.
This unexpected pope’s sense of fraternity has given us the document Human Fraternity for World Peace and Life Together co-signed with Ahmed el-Tayeb, Grand Imam of al-Azhar, one of Sunni Islam’s most distinguished clerics, as well as Fratelli Tutti. This desire for interreligious dialogue has taken him to many Muslim-majority countries, most daringly to Iraq, in March 2020.
Francis is always keen to speak about the plight of migrants, refugees and internally displaced persons, or IDPS, who are refugees in their own countries. He has been relentless in drawing attention to the tragedies they have suffered, as well as doing much as he can to aid them. This month’s edition includes Pope Francis and his Ten-Year Journey with Displaced People by Michael Schopf and Amaya Valcárcel Silvela.