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Light Of Faith Encyclical (Lumen Fidei) Written By Pope Francis And Pope Benedict

July 5, 2013

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Less than four months after being elected, Pope Francis published his first encyclical on Friday (July 5).

But the 82-page ?Lumen Fidei,? (?The Light of Faith?) is only partially Francis? work. As Francis himself told a group of cardinals and bishops in May, the encyclical was written ?with four hands? together with retired Pope Benedict XVI.

Benedict had almost finished the text when he resigned on Feb. 28. Francis took up the unfinished work, adding a ?few contributions? to Benedict?s ?fine work? and publishing it under his own name.

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