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Pope Francis on a Culture of Encounter

The theme of encounter runs through Pope Francis's (and Jorge Bergoglio's) work. See the following for some of his reflections on this theme.

He opens up Gaudium Evangelii, Joy of the Gospel (paragraphs 1-8) with a theology of encounter.

See his recent Fratelli Tutti: On Fraternity and Social Friendship, paragraphs 216-224.

In his meeting with representatives of civil society in Asunción, Paraguay (paragraph 2), he answers a question on a culture of encounter.

CELAM 5's concluding document from its meeting in Aparecida, Brazil (2007), influenced by Cardinal Bergoglio, devotes a section to encounter, paragraphs 240-265.

John Allen penned a blog on this theme early in Pope Francis's pontificate.