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Free 'Fratelli Tutti' Online Series for Maine Catholics to Feature Local Clergy, Women Religious, and Catholic Professionals

PORTLAND---A free, four-week online series that aims to educate and inspire Maine Catholics, using Pope Francis’ encyclical Fratelli Tutti as a foundation, will start on Wednesday, March 3. 

The series, which will run each Wednesday in March from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., will offer presentations and the opportunity for discussion on the encyclical, which invites the Church to live out the call to universal fraternity and social friendship. Fratelli Tutti offers “a way of life marked by the flavor of the Gospel" (no. 1) and shares a vision for humanity that Pope Francis has emphasized throughout his papacy: “It is my desire that, in this our time, by acknowledging the dignity of each human person, we can contribute to the rebirth of a universal aspiration to fraternity. Brotherhood between all men and women” (no. 8). The online series encourages reflection on this invitation to love, social friendship, and solidarity that honors the human dignity of every person. 

Each session will feature two Maine speakers, including Father Frank Morin; Father Patrick Finn; Sister Patricia Pora, RSM; Deacon Larry Guertin; Deacon Frank Daggett; Elizabeth Keene, vice president for mission integration at St. Mary’s Health System in Lewiston; and Suzanne Lafreniere, director of public policy for the Diocese of Portland.

To participate, send your email address to Catholic Charities Maine Parish Social Ministry, which is organizing the series, at psm@ccmaine.org. You will then be sent a link to the program.