Evangelii Gaudium, The joy of the Gospel: A first glance

Ronald D. Witherup PSS

The end of the Year of Faith, which Pope Francis celebrated with a special Mass at Saint Peter's Square on November 24 2013, the Solemnity of Christ the King, provided the occasion formally to promulgate the apostolic exhortation from the previous synod of bishops on the new evangelization. It was officially published two days later. Titled Evangelii Gaudium, ?The Joy of the Gospel? this lengthy and profound document provides an important window into the priorities of this new papacy. After a brief description of the contents of this new exhortation, this article points out significant passages that will be of particular interest. Ronald D. Witherup PSS is Superior General of the Society of the Priests of Saint Sulpice.

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