Yesterday, those of us living in the United States celebrated our Independence Day, commemorating the day in 1776 when the new American colonies declared their independence from England. Since then, each year we celebrate our freedom with parades, picnics, and fireworks all across the country.
Today, we have another reason to celebrate – this time with the universal Church – as we commemorate the release of Pope Francis’ first encyclical, Lumen Fidei, or the Light of Faith. The encyclical reflects on the Year of Faith and was begun by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI while he was still Pope. After his resignation, the document was passed on to Pope Francis, who added some content and signed the encyclical on June 29th.
So, please, won’t you celebrate with me? And while we’re at it, perhaps this will be a reminder to offer some prayers for our Pontiff, who faces so many challenges as he works to set the Church back on course.
I must admit that I have not yet read the encyclical, but I will, and I will certainly run some commentary on this blog about it. Because it’s such a joyous occasion, I wanted to get the news out to you as soon as possible so that you could rejoice and begin reading this important document.
So, without further ado, here is the link to Pope Francis’ new Papal Encyclical, Lumen Fidei., as found on the official Vatican website: http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/francesco/encyclicals/documents/papa-francesco_20130629_enciclica-lumen-fidei_en.html