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The Joy of the Gospel: Evangelii Gaudium

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Paperback, 221 pages
Published January 1st 2014 by Word Among Us Press (first published 2013)
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In Evangelii Gaudium or The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis continues to establish himself as a follower of Christ who defies easy categorization and thus manipulation by any known group either within or outside the established church. So far, Pope Francis seems very unconcerned with impressing anyone. Rather, he’s very determined—like his brown-robed, bare-footed name-sake—to get down to the business of rejoicing in ‘the Gospel, radiant with glory of Christ’s cross.’ (And yet as of today, Marc ...more
Like many outside of the Catholic faith, I am a great admirer of the current pope. Francis was elected upon Pope Benedict XVI’s retirement in 2013. When he chose the name Francis (after the 12th Century Franciscan founder) and wowed the world with his simple, generous lifestyle, many have seen fresh winds of change blowing in Rome. In terms of theology, he is not significantly different from his predecessors. He lacks Benedict’s keen theological acumen (no insult here, Ratzinger is brillant!); h ...more
This lengthy letter from Pope Francis is brilliant.

He calls for believers to be transformed by their encounters with Jesus and joyfully share their faith with others.

Francis urges us to draw closer to God through the sacraments, prayerful reading of Scripture, Eucharistic adoration and a dynamic relationship with Mary, our mother and model. He urges us to pursue a fruitful balance between prayer and missionary works. Don't worry, reading the letter is much more exciting and inspiring than readin
Read as part of a Lent study group. Much has been written about Francis, and about this apostolic exhortation. Despite having followed the news and commentary, I was blown away by the actual document. It is much more radical, uncomfortable, uplifting, and agitating than I thought. It's also a good read - the writing is accessible but still requires something of the reader. How lovely to be spoken to by the Pope as if we were adults, capable of forming consciences. But how scary that we are so ve ...more
Dhanaraj Rajan
I loved reading this Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis.

The theme is quite obvious from the title itself - It is a Missiological statement.

The proclamation of Gospel in Today's world should begin with understanding of the present day context. And Pope does exactly that by beginning the document with the analysis of the contemporary society and the possible dangers that could be faced by the committed evangelizers.

This then is followed by the address of proclaiming the Good News. Here, he cle
Carmen Hartono
May 17, 2014 Carmen Hartono rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Rarely do I read a book from cover to cover while finding something totally new on each page. With this book, Pope Francis exemplifies the title, The Joy of the Good News. I found a refreshing new idea expressed in each new paragraph. I literally savored every page.

As I see it, Francis took the Catechism of the Catholic Church and brought it to life.

Chapter One can be seen as the Creed transformed from being the Heart of the Gospel into Our Mother Church on a Mission. In Chapter Two, Francis cha
The Chestertonian (Sarah G)

From the pope's letter, "Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel)": "It is impossible to persevere in a fervent evangelization unless we are convinced from personal experience that it is not the same thing to have known Jesus as not to have known him, not the same thing to walk with him as to walk blindly, not the same thing to hear his word as not to know it, and not the same thing to contemplate him, to worship him, to find our peace in him, as not to. It is not the same thing to try to build
This book, Pope Francis' first encyclical was a joy to read (pun intended). Francis reflects on the importance of the gospel of Jesus from numerous angles. I can't imagine a person reading this book and not being motivated to do something. As someone who is non-Catholic, I probably agreed with 95% of the stuff here. Highly recommended not just for Catholics, though all Catholics should read it, but for all Christians.
Fr. River
Feb. 25, "Harmony and Humility" And a Review of The Joy of the Gospel by Pope Francis

Mk. 9:30-37 St. Walburga

Being first nor last is not what is important. Sharing our gifts with humanity. Pope Francis writes a great book in his "Joy of the Gospel".

He calls us to: . Move outside the doors of the building and be in the streets; calls us to give of our goods so that all may have--he condemns an economy based on wealth; he calls us to be inclusive in our relationships with all religions and he cal

There is a lot to say about this, partly because of the narrative that the liberal media has decided to continue about the Holy Father. Trying to understand the Church or the Holy Father from outside the Church is doomed to failure ["“The mystery of the Kingdom of God has been granted to you. But to those outside everything comes in parables, so that they may look and see but not perceive, and hear and listen but not understand." Mark 4] It's also complicated because parts of it a
J.T. Therrien
Compared to Pope Francis' first encyclical, the 25 page Lumen Fideii, this Apostolic Exhortation was much longer, coming in at 225 pages. But there are treasures to be found on every page!

In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis calls for a rebirth of the New Evangelization. He wants Catholics to take seriously their baptismal missionary promise to be apostles and to go out and proclaim the news that Christ died for us and that He is alive in our modern world.

Pope Francis explains the new direction fo
John Heyhoe-Griffiths
Let Pope Francis speak for himself: "I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security. I do not want a Church concerned with being at the centre and which then ends by being caught up in a web of obsessions and procedures. If something should rightly disturb us and trouble our consciences, it is the fact that so many of our brothers and sisters are living ...more
The first apostolic exhortation from the new Pope. There has been much made of this document that has been taken way out of context. The Pope is calling for all Catholics to evangelize; to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to all people. In doing so the Pope challenges us to rethink the way we live our lives so that the way we live does as much to bring Christ to people as what we say. This includes how we perceive right economic order and the order of material goods. Too often, the Pope tells ...more
I am not a Roman Catholic, but I highly recommend this book to all who want to live out their faith in the world: a key point is that there really is no faith if there is not loving action in the world in the name of Jesus. There are so many amazing quotes to ponder, it's difficult to pick out just one, but here goes: "[Jesus] hopes that we will stop looking for those personal or communal niches which shelter us from the maelstrom of human misfortune and instead enter into the reality of other p ...more
If Christianity is grounded in “good news,” there should surely be something both joyful and urgent about its message. Instead, all too often leaders of faith seem to turn into political debaters, or puritanical obstructionists. Pope John Paul the 23rd said, “We are not here to guard a museum, but to cultivate a flourishing garden of life.” In this small book, Pope Francis introduces readers into the garden, letting life reveal its colors through wise teaching.

I read this book just after celebr
Evangelii Gaudium or The Joy of the Gospel was an apostolic exhortation delivered by Pope Francis on November 24, 2013, which was the Solemnity of Christ the King and the conclusion of the Year of Faith. In the introduction, Pope Francis gives Biblical examples showing the relationship between the joy of the Christian faith and the joy of missionary work. The rest of the exhortation is divided into five chapters:

The Church's Missionary Transformation
Amid the Crisis of Communal Commitment
The Proc
Evangelii Gaudium or The Joy of the Gospel was an apostolic exhortation delivered by Pope Francis on November 24, 2013, which was the Solemnity of Christ the King and the conclusion of the Year of Faith. In the introduction, Pope Francis gives Biblical examples showing the relationship between the joy of the Christian faith and the joy of missionary work. The rest of the exhortation is divided into five chapters:

The Church's Missionary Transformation
Amid the Crisis of Communal Commitment
The Proc
I truly enjoyed this book! It made me even more grateful for such a wonderful man to be leading the Catholic church. Pope Francis touches on the pure joy that Christ meant for each of us to have within our lives.

If we would just follow this simple way of living there would be an overabundance of joy for every single man, woman, and child. God bless you Pope Francis I. May you continue to live the Joy of the Gospel and bring joy to the world! <3 :)
Really liked the message of joy in the book. Too bad all the statues and pictures in Catholic churches have downcast eyes and tears and look totally miserable in their faith instead of joyous in it. The Pope hints at a stronger role for women, but can't bring himself to recognize equality for both genders. I am amused that God is always referenced as "He" and the subservient church as "she". We need to take the gender out of our speech. God should be referenced as "the Divine" (genderless) and t ...more
Brenda Funk
I am not Catholic but I am very pleased with the things I am hearing about the present Pope. This book is indeed filled with the joy of the gospel, and his humble and selfless approach to life is refreshing. "Before all else, the Gospel invites us to respond to the God of love who saves us, to see God in others and to go forth from ourselves to seek the good of others. "
"I prefer a church that is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a church which is unh

This encyclical focuses on evangelisation,“evangelisation aims at a process of growth which entails taking seriously each person and God’s plan for his or her life.”Further, the Pope highlights this through emphasising the most important commandment as being “that you love one another as I have loved you”(Jn 15:12).
He focuses on the social dimension of evangelisation. “The measure you give will be the measure you get back.”(Lk 6: 36-38).The gospel is about the Kingdom of God. The Pope proclaims
James Schaap
I found this book interesting and inspiring, deeply inspiring--thoughtful about the world we live in and wise about the truth of the gospel's mandate. We're blessed to have this man around and in the position he's in--and I'm a Protestant, a Calvinist, no less. There's just so much grace here.
Ben Daghir
It's no surprise that Pope Francis' Evangelii Gaudium expresses joy, much like his character. "The Joy of the Gospel" is a truth, a deep conviction of Catholicism, and a reality.

Christ is joyful. Jesus of Nazareth was a joyful person. The Church, despite of our world's pain, yearns to be joyful. Each and every person on earth, yearns to rejoice.

This book provided clarity to areas that I overlooked; there is so much joy in Catholicism, in the apostolic tradition, in Christ's mission, in the Gos
Harry Allagree
The first two chapters of this Apostolic Exhortation aren't like those of Francis' predecessors. Here is a man who takes seriously 1) his own religious faith, 2) the Gospel, or "Good News", of Jesus' teachings handed down by the four Gospel writers, and 3) his responsibility, as a human being & as a Christian, to live those principles in everyday life, especially in his own personal actions. It is definitely an uplifting message.

Chapters 3-5, while presented in a somewhat fresh templates, s
Ben Valentine
If you want to change the world and be challenged by a holy and authentic man, read this exhortation. As a Catholic, I now understand much more about how to share my faith in humility and joy with other people. Pope Francis got me pumping my fist and getting excited about bringIng the Gospel to others.
Such an amazing book. It gives tremendous insight into who Pope Francis really is. Through his words we learn much more about him, his thinking, his motivation, and his direction than any book about him.

I would recommend it to any Christian, regardless of denomination, in addition to any former Catholic.
Amanda Marie
I do not even know where to begin with this review. Evangelii Gaudium is Pope Francis’ first Apostolic Exhortation. This edition is a beautiful, smaller hardcover. It is a great size for carrying around in my purse which is where it can often be found.

This is a text I will be rereading multiple times in the future as it has so much in it. The premise of the text is the exhortation for all Christians to evangelization through joy. Through an encounter with Christ we are transformed and filled wit
Judy L. Storum
Insightful and inspiring

I have been studying the Catholic Catechism and transitioning in faith towards a welcoming religion for some time now. It has been a journey of my heart. My PERCEPTION of Catholicism was very different from what I have learned & been exposed to throughout my adult life. When Pope Francis visited our country & spoke before Congress, his presence and messages touched me; I loved that he exudes such joy and abundant love FOR ALL PEOPLE. He inspired me to read "Evange
Pope Francis is a spectacular person in his humility. He is easy to read. The first week of our discussion proved that. No one had trouble understanding what the Pope is about - love and compassion for all people.
Pope Francis gives me hope. A globalization of indifference has developed. It's not about being Catholic or Christian. It's about being human. Easy read, unlike other Papal writings.
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See also: Jorge Mario Bergoglio.

He is the 266th and current Pope of the Catholic Church, elected on 13 March 2013. As such, he is Bishop of Rome, the head of the worldwide Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State.

Born in Buenos Aires of Italian descent, Bergoglio worked briefly as a chemical technician before entering seminary; he was ordained in 1969. From 1973 to 1979 he was Argen
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