apostolic exhortation

‘REJOICE AND BE GLAD’ | Pope’s apostolic exhortation focuses on call to holiness

Pope Francis greeted youths as he left an audience with young people from the northern Italian Diocese of Brescia in Paul VI hall at the Vatican April 7.

VATICAN CITY — God calls all Christians to be saints — not plastic statues of saints, but real people who make time for prayer and who show loving care for others in the simplest gestures, Pope Francis said in his new document on holiness.

"Do not be afraid of holiness. It will take away none of your energy, vitality or joy," the pope wrote in "Gaudete et Exsultate" ("Rejoice and Be Glad"), his apostolic exhortation on "the call to holiness in today's world."

Pope Francis signed the exhortation March 19, the feast of St. Joseph, and the Vatican released it April 9.

'REJOICE AND BE GLAD' | Pope's apostolic exhortation focuses on call to holiness

In 'Gaudete et Exsultate,' Pope Francis wrote that the path to holiness is made up of small steps in prayer, sacrifice and service to others. The document, whose English title is 'Rejoice and Be Glad,' focuses on the call to holiness each of us experiences.

VATICAN CITY -- God calls all Christians to be saints -- not plastic statues of saints, but real people who make time for prayer and who show loving care for others in the simplest gestures, Pope Francis said in his new document on holiness.

"Do not be afraid of holiness. It will take away none of your energy, vitality or joy," the pope wrote in "Gaudete et Exsultate" ("Rejoice and Be Glad"), his apostolic exhortation on "the call to holiness in today's world."

Pope Francis signed the exhortation March 19, the feast of St. Joseph, and the Vatican released it April 9.

Gestures, spirituality are essential in family life

VATICAN CITY -- Simple gestures such as a kind look or a morning kiss and family prayer can strengthen couples in living out their vocation to marriage, Pope Francis stated in his apostolic exhortation.

Released April 8, "'Amoris Laetitia' (The Joy of Love), on Love in the Family," not only addresses major themes discussed during the 2014 and 2015 meetings of the Synod of Bishops, but also delves deeper into the Church's teachings on true love and the family.

A little bit country: In 'Amoris Laetitia,' pope looks at the nitty-gritty of family life

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis' hymn to love and family life is more like a country song than a Disney tune.

In "Amoris Laetitia" ("The Joy of Love"), Pope Francis' postsynodal apostolic exhortation on the family, there is passion and devotion, but also heartache and sweat. The "magic" he wrote about is not momentarily sparkly, but the result of prayer, grace, hard work and a willingness to apologize -- time and time again.

"Committing oneself exclusively and definitively to another person always involves a risk and a bold gamble," he wrote. But the payoff is huge.

In "Evangelii Gaudium," pope lays out his vision for an evangelical Church

Pope Francis made a point as he leads his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Nov. 20. In "Evangelii Gaudium," his first extensive piece of writing as pope, Pope Francis lays out a vision of the Catholic Church dedicated to evangelization, with a focus on society's poorest and most vulnerable, including the aged and unborn

VATICAN CITY  -- In his first extensive piece of writing as pope, Pope Francis lays out a vision of the Catholic Church dedicated to evangelization in a positive key, with a focus on society's poorest and most vulnerable, including the aged and unborn.

"Evangelii Gaudium" ("The Joy of the Gospel"), released by the Vatican Nov. 26, is an apostolic exhortation, one of the most authoritative categories of papal document. (Pope Francis' first encyclical, "Lumen Fidei," published in July, was mostly the work of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.)

Pope frames vision for church outreach at every level

VATICAN CITY -- Here are a few of the main features of Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation, "Evangelii Gaudium" ("The Joy of the Gospel"), which was released Nov. 26 at the Vatican:

-- With a mix of conversational style and formal papal magisterial language, Pope Francis sets forth a vision for giving the entire church, at every level, a missionary thrust; he anticipates some objections and confusion, but asks everyone to give it a try.

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