Looking ahead: Pope Francis’ document on family life, ‘Amoris Laetitia,’ out tomorrow

Pope Francis greets the crowd during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 6. (CNS photo | Paul Haring)

Pope Francis’ highly anticipated document on families and family life, “Amoris Laetitia” or “The Joy of Love,” will be released tomorrow, April 8, at the Vatican.

“Amoris Laetitia” is a “postsynodal apostolic exhortation,” a document addressed to the whole church that reflects on the topics discussed at the 2014 and 2015 synods of bishops on the family (CNS). The synods covered a wide range of topics, reflected in a final report that included ministry to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to the changing role of women in families to the challenges that poverty and migration present to families (CNS).

Though”Amoris Laetitia” itself won’t be officially released until tomorrow, plenty of experts and outlets have already offered their opinions and predictions on what the document might say. A sampling from around the web is below.

Be sure to check back here tomorrow for “Amoris Laetitia,” analysis and reaction.


National Catholic Reporter: Vatican guide says Francis’ family document puts doctrine ‘at service of pastoral mission’

National Catholic Register: The Pope’s Family Apostolic Exhortation ‘Amoris Laetitia’: What’s In Play

Crux: Anatomy of Pope Francis’ latest bombshell

Religion News Service: Pope to stress broader conception of family

New York Times: How Pope Francis’ ‘Amoris Laetitia’ Could Affect Families and the Church

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