The Vatican on Friday published Pope Francis’ eagerly-awaited Apostolic Exhortation: The Joy of Love: On Love in the Family. This important document will guide the Church for years to come in its care and concern for the family, drawing together almost three years of consultations with Catholics in countries around the world.
The lengthy document, entitled ‘Amoris Laetitia’, or The Joy of Love, affirms the Church’s teaching that stable families are the building blocks of a healthy society and a place where children learn to love, respect and interact with others.
"If we accept that God’s love is unconditional, that the Father’s love cannot be bought or sold, then we will become capable of showing boundless love and forgiving others even if they have wronged us." —Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia, 108
Pat Schifini, OSU