Pope Francis releases Evangelii Gaudium – The Joy of the Gospel

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Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, the Joy of the Gospel, has been officially presented to the public at a press conference in Rome.

The Holy Father symbolically handed the document to a bishop, a priest and a deacon, after a mass to mark the end of the Year of Faith in St Peter’s Square on Sunday 24 November.

The Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation is Pope Francis’ first official publication since the Encyclical Letter ‘Lumen Fidei’ – a work he described as “the work of four hands” referring to the contribution made by his predecessor Benedict XVI.

Evangelii Gaudium, the Joy of the Gospel, looks at the new evangelisation for the transmission of the faith and has chapters on the following subjects:

  • The Church’s Missionary Transformation
  • The Crisis of Communal Commitment
  • The Proclamation of the Gospel
  • The Social Dimension of Evangelization
  • Spirit-Filled Evangelizers


You can download a 223-page PDF of Evangelii Gaudium.


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