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Amoris Laetitia: Resources for understanding Pope Francis’ exhortation

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Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead his weekly audience in St. Peter's Square. (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters)
Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead his weekly audience in St. Peter’s Square. (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters)

Newspapers, television and radio stations as well as blogs across the web are talking about Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love).

The latest apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis is his second since becoming pope in 2013, following Evangelli Gaudium (Joy of the Gospel) and encyclicals Lumen Fidei (The Light of Faith) and Laudato Si (Praise Be to You).

The new exhortation, released April 8, is the culmination of two synods of bishops and includes Pope Francis’ thoughts on those synods as well as other observations of the Holy Father.

“The various interventions of the Synod Fathers, to which I paid close heed, made up, as it were, a multifaceted gem reflecting many legitimate concerns and honest questions,” Pope Francis writes in the introduction. “For this reason, I thought it appropriate to prepare a post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation to gather the contributions of the two recent Synods on the family, while adding other considerations as an aid to reflection, dialogue and pastoral practice, and as a help and encouragement to families in their daily commitments and challenges.”

To learn more about Amoris Laetitia, check out the following links
Download and read the 264-page document in English from the Vatican website (Full document)

Archbishop Kurtz, USCCB, welcome new apostolic exhortation from Pope Francis (USCCB)

Share truth of family with mercy, help those struggling, says pope in exhortation (Catholic News Service)

Pope looks at the nitty gritty of family life (Background and analysis from Catholic News Service)

Cardinal: Exhortation develops doctrine, doesn’t change it (Catholic News Service)

In Amoris Laetitia, Pope says children are a gift, even in tough circumstances (Catholic News Agency)

Apostolic Exhortation can help church model mercy to families (Catholic News Service)


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