Evangelii Gaudium

BEFORE THE CROSS | Easter is the season of joy

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson spoke at the Catholic Charities of St. Louis Legislative Breakfast April 4 and asked legislators to keep the needs of the poor close to their hearts. The important topics included Medicaid reform and expansion, a moratorium on the death penalty, alternatives to abortion and modest tax credits that help the poor.

During the six weeks of Lent, I offered a series of reflections on the apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis, "Evangelii Gaudium" ("The Joy of the Gospel"). In my first article, I wrote that during Lent it is especially appropriate for us to reflect prayerfully on the obstacles that get in our way as we journey toward the joy of heaven. Now, when we celebrate the great feast of Easter, we have a chance to experience some small share of the joy that will be ours abundantly and forever in the kingdom of heaven.

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson led evening prayer at St. Raymond’s Maronite Cathedral in St. Louis before a dinner to kick off the 2014 Annual Catholic Appeal. The theme of this year’s appeal is “Build My Church.” To learn more about the appeal and watch a video from Archbishop Carlson, see www.archstl.org/aca.
April 2, 2014

This is my final Lenten reflection on Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation "Evangelii Gaudium" ("The Joy of the Gospel"). I feel like I have barely scratched the surface of this amazingly rich document, so if you have not already done so, I encourage you to read it prayerfully during the coming Easter season.

The Holy Father uses the occasion of his first apostolic exhortation to accomplish two important objectives: 1) to firmly ground...

March 26, 2014

We are baptized into a family of faith, the Church, and we live out our Christian discipleship in communion with all our sisters and brothers (living and deceased) who make up the one Body of Christ. The social, or communal, dimension of Catholic belief and practice is every bit as important as the individual, or personal, dimension of Christian life.

Since becoming Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis has worked hard to underscore the social...

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson spoke during a healing prayer service held at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Washington March 6. At the event, which was open to the public, Archbishop Carlson apologized and prayed for those who have been harmed or touched by abuse in any way.
March 12, 2014

Lent is an appropriate time for us to reflect on the obstacles that can prevent us from experiencing the fullness of Easter joy. That's why the Church provides us with this penitential season and urges us to devote serious time to prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

In Chapter Two of "Evangelii Gaudium" ("The Joy of the Gospel"), Pope Francis offers an extensive commentary on the challenges "which can restrain or weaken the impulse of...

March 6, 2014

I could be wrong, but I doubt that the phrase "comfort zone" has ever appeared in a papal document before. In "Evangelii Gaudium" ("The Joy of the Gospel"), Pope Francis uses this term quite deliberately. He tells us in no uncertain terms that Christian life is not meant to be comfortable. On the contrary, we are each asked "to obey His call to go forth from our own comfort zone in order to reach all the 'peripheries' in need in light of the...

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson spoke to a group of young adults Feb. 18. about his recent pastoral letter. The event was sponsored by Crossroads St. Charles, a ministry for married and single people in their 20s and 30s. For more information, see www.crossroadsstcharles.com.
February 26, 2014

Joy is not a Lenten theme -- or is it? The purpose of the penitential season of Lent, which involves six weeks of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, is to prepare us for the joy of Easter. What better way to prepare for joy than to meditate on its meaning and its source? What more practical guide to finding, and living, joy than the Gospel of Jesus Christ -- the good news that is our inspiration and hope in the search for true happiness?

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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
November 26, 2013

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...

November 26, 2013

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...

November 26, 2013

VATICAN CITY -- The Catholic Church is not going to change its position on the inadmissibility of women priests, Pope Francis said, but it does have to stop linking all decision making to ordination and allow women to have a voice in deliberations.

In his apostolic exhortation, "Evangelii Gaudium" ("The Joy of the Gospel"), Pope Francis wrote that the involvement of all Catholics is needed -- both as missionaries and in revising...

November 26, 2013

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on sharing the joy of the Gospel is a call to faith-filled optimism, recognizing challenges but knowing that God's love and lordship will prevail, said Archbishop Rino Fisichella, introducing the text to the media.

The archbishop, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, told reporters Nov. 26 that "Evangelii Gaudium" ("The Joy of the Gospel"), is "an...

November 26, 2013

VATICAN CITY  -- Defending human dignity and protecting society's most vulnerable necessarily means protecting the unborn and defending their right to life, Pope Francis said in his apostolic exhortation.

Writing in "Evangelii Gaudium" ("The Joy of the Gospel"), Pope Francis said the Church's opposition to abortion is not a "conservative" political position, but is a key part of its claim that God created and loves each person and...

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