Apostolic Exhortation
of Pope Francis on the call to
holiness in today’s world

Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation “Gaudete et Exsultate” (Rejoice and be glad), and subtitled “On the call to holiness in the contemporary world”, was released on Monday 9 April, at the Holy See Press Office in the Vatican.

An Apostolic Exhortation is considered one of the highest ranking papal documents, after Encyclical Letters.

The Holy Father has based his message on holiness in today's world. Helping people to be holy is one of the Church’s main tasks, in every era. At this time, being holy can be distorted by misleading or mythical ideas about holiness. So Pope Francis “exhorts” his followers to engage in a journey that takes place in the concrete here and now of our daily lives, in small gestures and little things, in which we are led more and more by God’s grace.

In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis spoke of the call to all the faithful to be missionary disciples; Gaudete et Exsultate is about the mission at the heart of that call, which is to be in relationship with Jesus Christ, who not only invites us to be holy but enables us, through his grace, to achieve that.

Holiness is for all of us, not a select few. Holiness is our destiny; it’s what God has planned for us; and yet there is nothing intimidating or overpowering about that; rather it is a liberation, a way of becoming who we really are.

Gaudete et Exsultate is available to read in full HERE>

A summary of Gaudete et Exsultate is available HERE>




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