EVANGELII GAUDIUM”: APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION OF THE HOLY FATHER ON THE PROCLAMATION OF THE GOSPEL IN TODAY’S WORLD

The latest from Pope Francis  is an Apostolic Exhortation by which Pope Francis develops the theme of the proclamation of the Gospel in the contemporary world, drawn from, among other sources, the contribution of the work of the Synod held in the Vatican from 7 to 28 October 2012 on the theme “The new evangelization for the transmission of the faith”.   The official name is “EVANGELII GAUDIUM”: APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS  TO THE BISHOPS, CLERGY, CONSECRATED PERSONS AND THE LAY FAITHFUL ON THE PROCLAMATION OF THE GOSPEL IN TODAY’S WORLD. The text, which the Holy Father consigned to a group of thirty-six faithful following the closing Mass of the Year of Faith last Sunday is the first official document of his pontificate, since the Encyclical “Lumen fidei” was written in collaboration with his predecessor, Benedict XVI.

Short intro here:

“The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ, joy is constantly born anew. In this Exhortation I wish to encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy, while pointing out new paths for the Church’s journey in years to come”

Link here to the full text of the Apostolic Exhortation

http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/francesco/apost_exhortations/documents/papa-francesco_esortazione-ap_20131124_evangelii-gaudium_en.html

 

There are 224 pages when you download the document but well worth reading!

 

 

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