Study of The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium)

Course Level: Intermediate

Course Summary

Pope Francis has "a dream: a Church working without hesitation on a path of pastoral and missionary conversion": an attitude that is personal and communal, "capable of transforming" habits, styles, language, and facilities, directing them towards evangelization rather than "self-preservation". (LR 11/29/13). The "dream" is the focus of the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). It is the fruit of labors of the Synod of Bishops on the "New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Faith" (October 2012). It is clear that the Pope's intentions, though spurred by the recommendations of the Synod Fathers, go beyond. It is not presented as a post-synodal document but expresses his concerns for the Church and the world today. "I wish to encourage the Christian faithful", Pope Francis writes "to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy, while pointing out new paths for the Church's journey in years to come". There is a sense of newness in The Joy of the Gospel that radiates from the document's originality, style and character than from other Church documents.

Successful completion of this course earns 2.5 CEU's.

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