Silas S. Henderson
This article reflects on the six saints honoured by Pope Francis and how their lives can offer some insight into Evangelii Gaudium (EG) and the Holy Father’s vision for a Church rooted in the call to mission and mercy. Silas S. Henderson lives in California where he is managing editor of Abbey Press Publications (Indiana) and a retreat leader.
The release of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (‘The Joy of the Gospel’) marked one of the most significant moments of his papacy to date. This document, which outlines his dynamic views on the Church’s mission and evangelization has been called his ‘manifesto’ by many commentators. The first short paragraph sums up not only the theme of Evangelii Gaudium, but also that of his service as Bishop of Rome: ‘In this Exhortation I wish to encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by [joy], while pointing out new paths for the Church’s journey in years to come’.1
These themes have permeated his homilies, Angelus and Regina Caeli addresses, and other statements.