Amoris Laetitia (AL), “The Joy of Love”, is the post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation “on Love in the Family”, which was signed on March 19 in Rome. It convenes the results of the two Synods on the family called for by Pope Francis in 2014 and 2015. It often cites their Final Reports, as well as documents and teachings of himself and his predecessors.
A link to the full Apostolic Exhortation is available here (264 pages): http://w2.vatican.va/content/dam/francesco/pdf/apost_exhortations/documents/papa-francesco_esortazione-ap_20160319_amoris-laetitia_en.pdf
“Pope Francis’ exhortation is a deep reflection on the topics which were extensively covered in the Synod on the Family: marriage and family life,” Bishop Michael Burbidge said. “In Amoris Laetitia, the Holy Father demonstrates a profound capability to take the unchanged and timeless teaching of the Church, and provide a refreshing perspective that will undoubtedly inspire families and couples to pursue lives of virtue and holiness. Our parishes are already working to help families grow in faith—and I take this opportunity to renew my commitment to provide effective pastoral assistance to married couples and families in the Diocese of Raleigh.”
LIVE STREAM PRESS CONFERENCE
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will host a live stream press conference this morning at 10a.m. for those interested in learning more about Amoris Laetitia.
Here is the link to the live stream: http://www.usccb.org/about/leadership/holy-see/francis/apostolic-exhortation-press-conference.cfm
Participants will include:
- Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
- Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, New York, chairman, USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth
- Helen Alvaré, JD, Professor of Law, The Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University
- Moderator: Norma Montenegro Flynn, USCCB Office of Public Affairs