February 12, 2016

Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation on Family Life to be Issued in March

Pope Francis' coat of arms
CNA/EWTN News reports that Pope Francis' post-synodal apostolic exhortation on the family will be published at the end of March. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia disclosed the news at a priests' conference in Portugal, according to Il Sismografo. Speaking of the document, Archbishop Paglia said:
I am convinced that the Apostolic Exhortation will be a hymn to love, to a love that will care for the well-being of children, that is open to wounded families who need strength, that wants to be close to the elder, a love that the whole of humanity needs. 
The pontiff's long awaited apostolic exhortation will focus largely on last years' synod whose theme was "the vocation and mission of the family in the church and the modern world."

Moreover, Edward Pentin at the National Catholic Register writes that:
Well informed sources have told the Register that the document, which observers believe will probably be released on March 19 — the feast of St. Joseph and the 3rd anniversary of the Pope's inauguration Mass — is in its third draft. They also say that the chief drafter is Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernández, rector of the the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina in Buenos Aires and one of Pope Francis’ closest advisers.
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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