April 2, 2016

Pope Francis' Post-Synod Apostolic Exhortation on the Family, "The Joy of Love", to be released April 8th


The Vatican has released the date of Pope Francis' post-synod Apostolic Exhortation on the family. Speculation is that Francis will not say anything that will "raise eyebrows". Vatican Radio reports:
Pope Francis’s highly-anticipated post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia [The Joy of Love] on love in the family will be released on Friday, April 8. The Vatican said the Exhortation will be presented to journalists at the Holy See’s Press Office on Friday, 8 April at 11.30. 
The text is said to be some 200 pages long. It will be presented by Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, and Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna. The press conference can be watched via live streaming here this Friday at 5:30 AM EDT.

George Weigel's commentary on the 2015 Synod is worth reading. In the meantime, as we await Francis' exhortation — let us pray that it will be a source of enlightenment and direction — not confusion and disunity.

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