On Pope Francis’ new apostolic exhortation
Pope Francis has repeatedly shown himself to be a pontiff who does not pontificate. Rather, he is the world’s and the Church’s smiling spiritual guide to difficult endeavours such as family life and our relationship with the environment.
This is just as true of his latest apostolic exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad), on the call to holiness in the modern world, issued in Rome on April 9, as it is of his earlier writings.
His 2016 apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) has drawn fevered commentary, both pro and con, for a footnote on whether Catholics divorced and remarried outside the Church may legitimately receive the Holy Eucharist. Yet in the bulk of the document Pope Francis meditates on marriage and marital love, a beautiful meditation which has not received the attention it deserves.
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