Lumen Fidei - Light of Faith

Pope Francis' first encyclical was released on Friday 5th July at 8.00pm AEST.

With the title Lumen Fidei - Light of Faith, the encyclical is the joint work of Pope Francis and his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI. The Pope Emeritus began work on the document before his retirement and Pope Francis completed the draft, which he said, in June, had been "written by four hands". It will complete Pope Benedict XVI's series on the three theological virtues, which began with encyclicals on love (2005) and hope (2007).

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