Evangelii Gaudium

The Exhortation is 222 pages long and is divided into five chapters and an introduction. The chapters are on the following themes: the Church’s missionary transformation, the crisis of communal commitment, the proclamation of the Gospel, the social dimension of evangelization, and Spirit-filled evangelizers.

The text was presented by Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President for the Pontifical Council Promoting New Evangelization.  According to Archbishop Fisichella,

“If we were to sum up Pope Francis’s Evangelii Gaudium in a few words, we could say that it is an Apostolic Exhortation written around the theme of Christian joy in order that the Church may rediscover the original source of evangelization in the contemporary world. Pope Francis offers this document to the Church as a map and guide to her pastoral mission in the near future. It is an invitation to recover a prophetic and positive vision of reality without ignoring the current challenges.

He was followed by Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, who presented aspects relating to synodality.

“The Holy Father received and reviewed the Synod Fathers’ Propositiones, and made them his own, re-elaborating them in a personal way, and has written a programmatic, exhortative document in the form of an “Apostolic Exhortation”, central to which is mission in its fullest sense. A striking aspect, from the very first pages onwards, is the joyful presentation of the Gospel – thus, Evangelii Gaudium – which is expressed also in the repetition, 59 times throughout the text, of the word 'joy'.

Finally, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli considered aspects relating to communication.

“It is immediately clear that the Pope is aware of what is happening in today’s world, especially in the fields of health, education, and communications”, said the Archbishop. “and he makes reference to technological innovation. There is no doubt that there has been progress and achievement in these fields, but the Pope is also aware that the current information society bombards us indiscriminately with data, all treated as of equal importance, which can lead to great superficiality in the area of moral discernment. For this reason the Pope emphasizes the need for a true education which teaches how to think critically and encourages the development of mature moral values.”

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