Monthly Archives: April 2016

Doing marriage prep with Pope Francis

[Brenden Thompson] It’s great timing. The Pope’s apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (‘The Joy of Love’) comes out just as I am preparing to get married. In the midst of all the practical decisions before the great date in August, this document is … Continue reading

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How Amoris Laetitia moves us beyond the nuclear family

[John Coverdale]. Much of the hype around Pope Francis’s Apostolic Exhortation, ‘The Joy of Love’, has turned on the question of whether he would recognise forms of love that are non-marital: homosexual love, cohabitation, remarriage. All these were looked at during the two synods on … Continue reading

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How Amoris Laetitia opens the way for lay people to save the Church

[Jack Valero] Soon after his election, Pope Francis decided that marriage and the family had to be the first big issue for the synod of bishops to discuss. St John Paul II made a similar choice when he became Pope … Continue reading

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The Pope and the Patriarch on Lesbos: the texts

The following are the addresses and prayers by Pope Francis, as well as the Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew, and His Beatitude Ieronymos, Archbishop of Athens, on their five-hour visit to the Greek island of Lesbos last Saturday to bring hope to the … Continue reading

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Four keys to unlock the riches of Amoris Laetitia

[Austen Ivereigh in Arequipa, Peru]. As the Pope’s apostolic exhortation on the ‘Joy of Love’ is digested across the world, here are four keys to the reading the document. They don’t capture everything that is in it, but summarise what the … Continue reading

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Cardinal Schönborn’s remarks at release of Amoris Laetitia

[Note: The Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, played a key — possibly the key — role in bringing together the different sides in the synod debate over Communion for the divorced and remarried. As he explains here, his own … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia released: instant reaction & reports

The full text is here. For comment, see, on Crux, report by Inés San Martin and immediate analysis by Austen Ivereigh. See also Joshua McElwee at NCR, comment by Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Christopher Lamb at The Tablet, Edward Pentin in NC Register, … Continue reading

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Friday’s exhortation will be a landmark in Church’s ‘pastoral conversion’

[Austen Ivereigh] Bearing the simple, uplifting title of ‘the Joy of Love’, Pope Francis’s eagerly awaited post-synodal apostolic exhortation on marriage and the family will be released on Friday, bearing the signature date of 19 March, the Feast of St Joseph, protector of … Continue reading

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Pope Francis calls for a ‘monument of mercy’ in every diocese

In celebrations for Divine Mercy Sunday, which he described as “the heart” of this year’s Jubilee, Pope Francis called for every diocese in the world to set up a special work of mercy before announcing a Europe-wide collection to help those … Continue reading

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