Hundreds of men and women religious from the United States gathered online for a talk by Cardinal Michael Czerny, SJ, Undersecretary for the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, on Fratelli Tutti: To See What Really Matters.

After providing context by discussing consecrated life at and after Vatican II, he discussed the teaching of Pope Francis to religious men and women through Fratelli Tutti. Among the observations he shared: religious are “artisans of a culture of encounter whenever they stand in defense of human rights and oppose the ‘throwaway culture.’ (FT 19)”

He also discussed fraternal life in community:

“The significant reality of consecrated life finds in fraternity the prophetic anticipation of a world in which unity is achieved while safeguarding mutual differences. True fraternity does not homogenize, but allows us to remain ourselves together with others (FT 100) and to discover that it is not possible to do without the others. Religious must witness to this safeguarding of diversity, of the plurality of cultures and identities; witness to the fraternity that aspires to universality, not as abstract, but as already a reality in their communities and works.”

Watch the video (above) and read the Catholic News Service article about the talk. Also, Review for Religious journal, which is a program of CMSM, is welcoming reflections on the talk for its website. Learn more here.