|Lumen Fidei released July 5th 2013.|
On July 5th Pope Francis released his first encyclical, “Lumen Fidei” (“The Light of Faith”). It is a celebration of Christian faith as the guiding light of a “successful and fruitful life”, inspiring social action as well as devotion to God, and illuminating “every aspect of human existence”, including philosophy and the natural sciences, as catholicherald.co.uk shares their overview here.
Our friends at the Huffington Post point out here the importance of both Popes contributions in the completion of the encyclical. As Pope Benedict had nearly completed the work before his resignation February 28th, Francis took up the unfinished work, adding a “few contributions” to Benedict’s “fine work” and publishing it under his own name.
Finally, the National Catholic Register gives us a great concise outline of 14 major points about Pope Francis’ first encyclical here that can serve as a reference while reading the 82 page papal document.