The Joy of the Gospel

Pope Francis“The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus.”

Earlier in the Year of Faith Pope Francis published his first encyclical, Lumen Fidei (The Light of Faith), completing a project begun by his predecessor Pope Benedict who inaugurated the Year of Faith.

Now at the close of the Year of Faith Pope Francis has published an Apostolic Exhortation entitled Evangelii Gaudium — The Joy of the Gospel — in which he urges the whole Church to a renewed missionary outlook: “I wish to encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy, while pointing out new paths for the Church’s journey in years to come.”

The full text can be found on the Vatican website here: Evangelii Gaudium

The following article from Radio Vatican offers a synopsis of this document: Pope issues first Apostolic Exhortation

The Pope’s earlier encyclical on faith can be found here: Lumen Fidei

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