The National Catholic Review

Pope Francis on the Joy of the Gospel

Catholic News Service

Catholic News Services looks at key points of Pope Francis' new apostolic exhortation "Evangelii Gaudium."

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Barb Cybulski | 4/27/2014 - 7:24pm

Pope Francis' book, "The Joy Of The Gospel", gives renewed hope to a church that has been in decay for quite sometime. As Catholic Christians we must believe that the Holy Spirit is alive and well within the church. If we believe that the church is constantly growing and moving forward then we must embrace and trust that the Holy Spirit will guide us on our journey. I felt the Pope's book was a long awaited breath of fresh air. Not really anything new many of us haven't realized. Although, I imagine some Bishops, Priests, religious and laity are worried,because it challenges them to move beyond 12th century teaching, so they will either embrace or reject the teachings, as what happened with Vatican II. The Popes message challenges each and every one of us to think about our baptismal promises, and to live the Gospel truth. There is a reason why our churches world wide are empty. As a Catholic,I believe a lot of it has to do with a disillusion of the church itself, local and afar, so people leave. We live in desperate times in a society that is very unchurched, and it is reflective in our economy, government, and society.