gaudete et exsultate

‘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.

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