New encyclical by Francis to clarify poverty vows

Cardinal Grech

A new encyclical that is being written by Pope Francis will help address how to live out a vow of poverty in the modern world, according to one cardinal, reports the Catholic News Agency.

“How to define poverty is not easy today because it’s not a question of radical poverty,” Cardinal Prosper Grech, an Augustinian friar, told CNA on Tuesday, “but an encyclical on poverty will help all religious orders to define how to really live poverty in our societies.”

In May, an Italian bishop revealed on his diocesan website that the Holy Father is working on an encyclical entitled, “Blessed Are the Poor.”

The Pope’s first encyclical, “The Light of Faith,” was released in July and drew upon previous work from his predecessor, Benedict XVI.

Cardinal Grech, co-founder of the Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum in Rome, believes that an encyclical would help to “define our stance on poverty.”

The definition of poverty is different depending on where one lives, the 87-year-old friar explained. “Poverty in Africa means one thing and poverty in the United States or Europe means another,” he said. “It’s a question of proportion.” He added that a lack of private property is among the root causes of poverty.

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