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21 J. Gender Race & Just. 367 (2017-2018)
Pope Francis, Poverty, and the Third Persona

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  Pope Francis, Poverty, and the Third Persona


                               Carlo  A. Pedrioli*

I.   INTRODUCTION                          .................................................... 367
II.  BACKGROUND ON THE TEXTS               .......................................374
    A.   Evangelii  Gaudium....................................375
    B.   Laudato  Si'.........................             ..................377
III. THE THIRD  PERSONA..............................................381
IV.  ANALYSES   OF THE  TEXTS...........................................383
    A.   Evangelii  Gaudium..................                .................384
    B.   Laudato  Si'...............................         ................387
V.   CONCLUSION..................................................... 392



Disinterested  concern  for  others, and   the rejection  of every  form   of self-
centeredness  and  self-absorption, are essential if we truly wish to care for our
brothers and  sisters and for the natural environment.

                                 -Pope   Francisi


                              I.   INTRODUCTION

     Following  the resignation of Pope Benedict  XVI  in February  2013, the first
papal resignation  in almost 600 years,2 Pope  Francis assumed  the papacy  of the
Catholic  Church   in March   2013.3  Leaders  outside  of  the Catholic  Church,


* Senior Lecturer in Public Law, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, England, U.K. J.D.,
University of the Pacific, 2002; Ph.D., Communication, University of Utah, 2005; Member, State
Bar of California.
  For responses to previous versions of this Article, the author gratefully thanks Dennis D. Cali,
Terence C. Halliday, and Kerith M. Woodyard. The author presented prior versions of this Article at
the Southeastern Association of Law Schools annual conference in Boca Raton, Florida, U.S.A., on
July 31, 2015; the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities annual conference
in Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.A., on April 2, 2016; and the Association of Law, Property, and
Society annual meeting in Belfast, Northern Ireland, U.K., on May 20, 2016.
1 POPE  FRANCIS, LAUDATO   SI': ON  CARE  FOR  OUR  COMMON HOME ¶ 208 (2015),
http://w2.vatican.va/content/dam/francesco/pdf/encyclicals/documents/papa-francesco 20150524
enciclica-laudato-sien.pdf [hereinafter FRANCIS, LAUDATO Si']. Because various editions of
Laudato Si' with different pagination exist, this Article will cite to the paragraph numbers in the
document, which are consistent across editions.
2 Pope  Benedict XVI,  Declaratio (Feb. 10, 2013), http://w2.vatican.va/content/benedict-
xvi/en/speeches/2013/february/documents/hfben-xvispe_20130211 _declaratio.html  (text  of
Benedict's resignation speech); Howard Chua-Eoan, The Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI: Is It
Health? Or  Politics? Or Both?, TIME (Feb. 11, 2013), http://world.time.com/2013/02/ll/the-
resignation-of-pope-benedict-xvi-is-it-health-or-politics-or-both/?iid=sr-link l; Mark Dowd, Why Did
Pope Benedict XVI Resign?, BBC (Nov. 28,2013), http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-25121121.
John  Hooper, Pope Francis Elected as 266th Roman Catholic Pontiff GUARDIAN (Mar. 13, 2013,
4:43 PM), http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/mar/13/pope-francis-mario-bergoglio-election.

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